The Garden of Remembrance is opposite the village green and consists of two memorials. The larger one with the cross was set up by the third Earl of Gainsborough and his wife Mary who lived at Exton Hall in memory of their son Robert Noel and other members of the wider family who died in the First World War. Among them is the first VC Officer winner, Lieutenant Maurice Dease, a Royal Fusilier. On the wall surrounding the garden is a memorial to the men of Exton and Whitwell who fell in the war. There is also a war memorial in St Peter and St Paul's Church.

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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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