RAWDING William Thomas

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William Thomas Rawding and his younger brother Bert were both killed in the First World War, although William's death was caused by an accident during training. They were two of three sons of William and Mary Rawding of Catmose Lodge Farm in Teigh, on the very edge of the Rutland border with Leicestershire. William was born in Great Casterton in 1895. The family moved to Burley, where Bert was born, and then to Ashwell before settling at Catmose Lodge Farm. William, who worked as a gardener, enlisted in Lincoln into the Lincolnshire Yeomanry. His unit was training at Oakley Park, Suffolk, when he died from drowning on 3 July 1915. The Melton Mowbray Times and Vale of Belvoir Gazette reported: "While under canvas at Redgrave, he learnt to swim a little, and on returning to Oakley Park tried to swim across the River Waveney, which at that spot must have been deeper and wider than he supposed." The report quotes an Officer who wrote to his parents saying: "He was a splendid fellow, always ready and willing to cheerfully carry out with thoroughness any orders, however long the days work might be. He set a fine example to other men, and I always felt that, in spite of the short acquaintance, I could thoroughly depend upon him." Despite the family home being geographically just in Rutland, the family clearly looked to Edmondthorpe and not Teigh as their community and William is buried in the churchyard there. The gravestone reads: "In Loving Memory of our dear son Trooper W T Rawding of the 1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry who was accidentally drowned July 3rd 1915 aged 20 years. A better boy there could not be, Nor one more true and kind." There is an inscription to his younger brother who died three years later fighting in France. Their parents are buried beside them. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records William as being from Teigh although the village itself lays claim to being a "Thankful Village", so-called because no one from the community died in the First World War.

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