A brass plaque inside St Mary's records how the bells of the church were recast and rehung in honour of nine villagers who died in the First World War. One of them, Francis Dalby, lies buried in the churchyard. Another Commonwealth War Graves' headstone marks the grave of Robert Kendall, who died in April 1918 but whose name is not on the war memorial. On the memorial itself, there is a mystery. Robert Mills is named but no one apparently knows anything about him, who he was or where he came from, but he is there all the same along with eight others. Recently, two other First World War soldiers with strong Greetham connections have been identified, Frederick Holland and Henry Bagshaw. Through the unstinting work of David and Paul Bland, authors of Greetham and the Great War, their names are inscribed on a new Roll of Honour inside the church. Plans are now well advanced for a new brass plaque in the church remembering the three men not on the original memorial.

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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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