Two soldiers are buried here. One, Arthur Munton, enlisted but died of illness before going abroad. He has a private headstone but he is listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and so his grave is maintained by them. He is also remembered on the memorial in Braunston where he worked as a gardener. The other, Henry Bagshaw, died in 1921 from illness connected with being gassed during the Battle of the Somme. He has a private headstone which says he was "Late of the RAMC." Henry originally came from Greetham where he is remembered. Inside the church, there is a brass plaque to four men who died in the First World War. George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War also lists James William Addison from Little Casterton, although his name appears on Great Casterton's war memorial. He is, however, mentioned on a laminated notice in All Saints Church so presumably had close connections with both villages. There is also another plaque in the church, which honours two of the Little Casterton soldiers and many of the Great Casterton ones. This plaque was originally in Toll Bar Methodist Chapel, which is now a private house. Here James Addison is named as Henry W Addison. The plaque includes two brothers whose names do not appear anywhere else, Harry Loane and Samuel Loan (note the different spellings) who died on the same day fighting at Gallipoli.

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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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