South Holland death toll continues to rise

Capt Sidney Dickinson.
Capt Sidney Dickinson.
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The death toll continued in 1916 in the weeks following the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Pte Arthur Alexander, second son of Mrs Charles Alexander, of the Golden Ball, Holbeach Drove, had been killed in action by gas and shell in France.

Lieut W Swift.

Lieut W Swift.

He was a member of the Lincolns and had been in France about a year with the machine guns. He was married and had lived at Gedney Hill before enlisting.

Lieut W Swift, elder son of Mr and Mrs G H Swift, of North Road, Bourne, had also been killed in action in France.

He was formerly a pupil teacher in Bourne Council School, and had won distinction in the teaching profession.

Captain Sidney Dickinson, described as a gallant young Lincolnshire officer, who only a short time before had been married by his uncle, the vicar of Long Sutton the Rev T Dixon-Spain, was another casualty of the Battle of the Somme.

Pte Arthur Alexander.

Pte Arthur Alexander.

Pte Walter Caulton, son of Mrs W Caulton, of Postland, was more fortunate. He had been wounded in the Somme and was in hospital in Birmingham.

Pte Walter Caulton.

Pte Walter Caulton.