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Private William Bullimore was born in Exton, one of eight children of James and Maria Bullimore. He and his elder brother Frederick both died in the First World War. William enlisted in the 4th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment in November 1914 and was sent to France in February 1915. At some point he transferred to the 7th Battalion. He survived two years on the Western Front until his death around midnight on 1 May 1917. William was a member of a carrying party moving ammunition up to a forward dump a mile and a quarter north of Combles when a German shell exploded, killing eight and injuring several more. He was buried the next morning but his grave was lost and he is now remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial, and in Exton. His Officer wrote: "He will be missed by many of his comrades. He died a soldier's death in the service of his King and Country."

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  • Exton church
  • Exton Internal Memorial
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR4
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR1
  • Arras Memorial
  • Arras Memorial 9
  • W Bullimore

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A picture of his name on the memorial, taken 19 March 2016.
By John Stokes on Saturday 19th March '16 at 10:43pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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