Outside the church, the wrought iron gates serve as a tribute to the men of Whissendine who died. Inside St Andrew's the memorial itself has 19 names. There are two Gibsons, but we don't think they were related. Buried in the churchyard is John Charles Holmes who survived the First World War only to die shortly afterward "due to the hardships of active service." But there is no memorial of any kind to two other men killed in the war who were born in Whissendine. William Goodman had emigrated with his family to Australia, while Clifford Knight had moved to Sussex. The churchyard also has three Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves, one from 1945 and two from 1946.

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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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