The memorial is to A Squadron Leicestershire Yeomanry which recruited from Rutland and Loughborough. The Yeomanry fought an epic battle at Frezenburg, on the outskirts of Ypres, on 13 May 1915. Here they helped stop the German advance in the Second Battle of Ypres and suffered grievously in the process, coming out of it 'a broken regiment' which never fought as a unit again. Among the casualties was their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Percy Evans-Freke. The memorial is of marble and has the inscription along the bottom: From Memory's Page We'll Never Blot, Three Little Words 'Forget Them Not. There is also a memorial commemorating the action at Frezenburg on the site of the battle near Ypres, unveiled in 2015 by Percy Evans-Freke's great-grandson, Colonel Robert Boyle. It's believed to be the first memorial on the Western Front dedicated to a yeomanry regiment.

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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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