An “interesting war romance” surrounding a “brave girl’s love for a blind soldier” must have cheered people in the district in 1916.
Corpl Arthur Brown, of Holbeach, had been wounded in France and, as a result of a bomb explosion, had been blinded in both eyes.
While recuperating at St Dunstan’s Hostel for the Blind in Regent’s Park, London, he had been trained to earn his living by poultry farming.
He and Miss Mary Taylor, also of Holbeach, were due to marry and were looking for a suitable home in the town where they could keep poultry.
Sadly, there was worse news about two other Holbeach soldiers. Both Private Fred Lawton and Private C H Cox had died in France.