Rutland County Council to mark Leicester’s ‘darkest day’

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham

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Rutland County Council will fly its flags at half-mast next week as people across the region commemorate “Leicester’s Darkest Day”.

October 13, 2015, marks 100 years since the First World War Battle of the Hohenzollern Redoubt, during which the 4th (City) and 5th (County) Territorial Battalions of the Leicestershire Regiment suffered heavy casualties.

Forty-four members of 5th Battalion who were killed at Hohenzollern were from Rutland and the regimental flag will be flown at half-mast outside the county council’s offices in Oakham as a mark of respect.

Captain Bob Allen, president of the 4th and 5th Battalion Officers Association, said: “To remember their sacrifice, both the regimental and Union flags are being flown at half-mast where appropriate throughout the city and county.

“A special service of choral evensong will be held at Leicester Cathedral at 5.30pm on October 13 to mark the centenary and members of the public are welcome to attend.”

To attend the reception after the service call 01162 615373.