In April 2015 another name was added to Braunston's war memorial. Gladys Walter served in the newly formed Women's Royal Air Force and died from pneumonia on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918. For nearly a hundred years her service was not recognised, even though she has a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone in the churchyard. This wrong was put right in a special ceremony attended by Rutland's Lord Lieutenant. Also buried in the churchyard is Ernest Cunnington a driver in the Army Service Corps. The war memorial inside the church includes the name of Lieutenant George Barrett, son of Braunston's vicar. His brother, William Barrett, appears on Oakham School's war memorial - despite living until 1972. We also have a record for George Rawlings, brother of John Rawlings, who also died in the First World War. He is not on the war memorial, presumably because he moved from the village around 1901.

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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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