A hundred years ago it was reported that three members of the Spalding Company of the Territorials had been wounded
They were Corpl George Gott, of Holbeach St Johns, Ptes Ted Quinton, of Queen’s Road, Spalding, and Chas Wright, son of Mr and Mrs W Wright, of Westlode Street, Spalding.
Ptes Wright and Quinton were two of the bomb-throwers who went out with a bombing party a week earlier. They had taken slight shelter in an old trench, and were throwing bombs into the enemy’s lines, when a well-directed shell burst between them.
Pte Quinton was struck in the head, shoulder and ankle, and Pte Wright on the knee and cheek. Corpl Gott was struck by a flying piece of shrapnel while in the trenches. He had only gone out to France six weeks earlier.
Corpl Gott’s brother was also serving with the Territorials and was with George when he was hit.
All the wounded men were taken to hospital immediately, and George was in hospital in Kent. It was reported that all three men were making good progress.
There had been more injuries among the Territorials, with Pte G Freir, of Deeping St Nicholas, in hospital in England recovering from wounds in the back of the neck.
Another Spalding Territorial, Pte Tom Cooper, had been wounded twice at the front – once in the left shoulder and, six weeks later, in his left hand, losing a finger.
Writing to his mother at Chapel Lane, Spalding, from his hospital bed, Tom asked her to put something in the Free Press expressing thanks to Mrs Wilcox, of Swan Street, on behalf of a number of fellow wounded soldiers for the boxes of pears she had sent.
He said that “as far as their injuries allowed” they were having a “jolly good time”.