A Spalding mother learned on her fourth wedding anniversary that her husband had been killed in France.
Mrs Searby, of South Parade, heard Sapper J W Searby (29) had ben killed in action in France by a German shell.
The news came in a letter from someone in the same company as her husband. He wrote saying Sapper Searby had been killed with four other men, and his grave had been marked by a cross, its position forwarded to the Grave Register Committee so that a permanent record could be kept of the site.
He added: “His death seems especially sad as he was erecting a cross on his brother’s grave the previous day.”
Sapper Searby, who left a son aged three, was the second son to be killed in France, and a third son had been killed in a trap accident three years earlier.
There was more news of local men that week. Fleet man Pte Charles Wright, of the Coldstream Guards, had been killed in action in France.
Pte Ernest Burton, of Gedney Drove End, had been awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the battlefield. Pte Burton was attached to the 9th Norfolks.