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There are ten names on the war memorial which forms the lych gate to the church. It was erected, says George Phillips, at a cost of £125. Among the names are two Rouse brothers who died, Martin Herbert and Tom Arthur. Two of their other brothers both fought and survived. Inside the church there is the original grave marking to Lieutenant Vincent Wing below a family memorial. There is also a family memorial to Hugh Sayres, grandson of the Rector, killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, on 1 July 1916. He is not remembered on the war memorial because his home was in London. In his book, Rutland and the Great War, George Phillips names two other soldiers from the village who died. But Joseph Donoghue, who does not appear to have a Commonwealth War Graves Commission record, and John Riddiford are not remembered on the war memorial and we cannot establish their connection to Market Overton.

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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.
 

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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