The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing designed by Harold Charlton Bradshaw stands at the southern limit of the Ypres Salient. This was not an area of major offensives but trench warfare carried on regardless leading to steadily mounting casualties. It was originally intended to build a major memorial at Lille to commemorate those who died in this sector but political pressure on the amount of British memorial construction along the old Western Front served to limit ambitions. The Ploegsteert Memorial is sited in Royal Berks Cemetery Extension and commemorates more than 11,000 United Kingdom and South African servicemen who died in this sector. Nine Rutlanders are among them. The lions which guard the entrance are the work of Gilbert Ledward. The Last Post is sounded here on the first Friday of each month at 7 pm.

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9 images Some pictures of the Memorial, taken 12 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Wednesday 15th April '15 at 8:15pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Paid another visit today - a little misty and cold.
By John Stokes on Sunday 12th February '17 at 4:45pm
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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