The war memorial is next to the church and has eight names of men who died in the First World War. One name, Alban Jarman, was added only in 2019. Among the others is Philip O Camm. Also on the memorial are two Second World War names, including Philip Otley Camm. This Philip was a nephew of the WW1 Philip and born after his death, but named in tribute to him. Abram Webb, another name on the memorial, left a fascinating diary of his life in the trenches which has been published by Belton History Society in its book Belton at War. The book contains a wealth of information about the village in the First World War as well as about the men who went away to fight.

Inside the church, there are two Rolls of Honour - one to St Peter's Guild of Ringers, the other to all villagers who served. There is also a more modern wooden memorial with Belton's Roll of Honour. Beneath it is a picture of the medals won by the Buxton family, including Sergeant Stevens Buxton who was awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal.

The pictures of the unveiling of the war memorial in 1921 are courtesy of Belton History Society.



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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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