Spalding and district men who died in 1916

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There were more names to add to the list of war dead from the district in 1916.

Pte Arthur Petchell, of Holbeach, had been missing for a year and eight months, but had been officially reported killed.

Pte A Wright, of Tydd St Mary, near Long Sutton, had been killed in action.

Pte William George Burkitt, of Surfleet had also been killed in action.

William was the son of Mr and Mrs W Burkitt, of the Council Houses, and he was just 24 years old.

He had been in the Army for 18 months, having served in the Dardanelles campaign. He had also been in hospital for four months suffering from frost bite, and had returned to the front in the summer. He had previously been employed by Mr Leverton. A memorial service was held for him in Surfleet parish church.

Pte J T Machin, of Spalding, had also died at the front just three weeks after arriving in France.

Another “son of the town” had laid down his life at the call of duty. He was Pte Harry Pask, son of Mrs Pask, of Cross Street. Pte Pask, who was 25, was killed by a sniper. He had previously been a horseman with Mr Russell Casswell.