Sutton Bridge and Spalding men die in 1917

Rifleman H S Percival.
Rifleman H S Percival.
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One of three Sutton Bridge brothers fighting in the First World War was killed in 1917.

Pte James Sparks, son of Mr J Sparks, of Crosby’s Row, had died, aged 21.

Pte James Sparks.

Pte James Sparks.

It was said he had seen a “good deal of fighting” and had been wounded the previous summer, subsequently returning to the fighting line. A letter to his father said he was a very good soldier.

Rifleman H S Percival, of Little London, Spalding, had also been killed in action. The 36-year-old was serving in the King’s Royal Rifles and had a wife and two children.

He had been at the front for about two years, and he too had been wounded the previous summer.

The rifleman was back with his regiment within a month after that injury.