Men from Spalding and district killed in 1916

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The largest battle of the First World War continued to take its toll on the lives of local young men in 1916.

News of the death of men from Spalding and district had reached home throughout the battle, from July 1 to November 18.

A hundred years ago it was the Gedney Drove End family of Pte George Henry Mackman who received bad news.

His mother, Mrs E Mackman, was told “he did his duty fearlessly and well, and gave his life for the cause of liberty and the uplifting of the empire.”

Another man to make the greatest sacrifice was 22-year-old Pte Charles Seymour, son of Mr and Mrs William Seymour, of Holbeach Hurn.

Charles had died in a casualty clearing station from a gunshot wound to the head and compound fracture to the skull, received in action. His twin brother Pte William Seymour had been invalided home from the front.

Pte John George Downs (27), second son of Mr and Mrs J Downs, of Lutton, had been killed in action, as had Lance-Corpl William Carter, son of Mrs Carter, of Wingland, Sutton Bridge. He had been promoted to lance-corporal for “conspicuous bravery on the field”. Mrs Carter had two other sons serving.