Teigh considers itself a "Thankful Village" because no one from the parish died in the First World War. Indeed, there is a plaque inside the Church giving thanks for the safe return of eleven men and two women who served. However, next to it is a Roll of Honour which includes the name of William Haines who was killed in the Battle of the Somme. We think William came from nearby Market Overton but was living in Teigh at the time he enlisted. He is not on any war memorial, here or in Market Overton, but has a grave on the battlefield where he fell, in Dantzig Alley Cemetery. Two other casualties could also be considered Teigh men. William Rawding and his brother Bert lived with their parents at Catmos Lodge which is just inside the Rutland border although the family looked to Edmondthorpe as their local community. Nevertheless, a memorial marking Teigh as a Thankful Village was unveiled opposite the village church in 2014.

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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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