Four Moulton sons mourned

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Moulton had to pay a heavy toll for its part in the war, with villagers mourning the loss of four of its sons in 1915.

News arrived in Moulton and Seas End that four village lads had fallen in the “great battle for Hill 70” at the Dardanelles.

In two days, four official notices arrived, each stating that Ptes Wal Skupham, Edward Stennett, Percy Stennett and Edward Hamlington, of the 6th Lincolns, had been killed.

The Lincolns had been in “probably the biggest affair of the war and passed through a veritable inferno of fire,” according to Corpl Stanley Bywater of Whaplode, who was also in the assault, and was writing to Mr J Skupham.

Unfortunately, Stanley believed Wal had merely been wounded, with a bad cut to his forehead, and did not realise he had died of his wounds. He wrote that he thought Wal, once recovered, would “write a description of the action”.

It was said that Pte Skupham was a well-known and popular man in the village, and one of the first to “join the colours” after the outbreak of war. He was known as an accomplished quoit player, having won many games for the local club.

Ptes Edward and Percy Stennett were brothers, who lived with their widowed mother in Moulton Seas End.

Pte Hamlington was another Seas End resident.

A special memorial service was held at the parish church, conducted by the Rev J M Evans. In his address, he said as a parish they were proud of those who had laid down their lives.

He said: “There, on the walls of their beautiful church, will in the future be a tablet whereon will be inscribed the names of the brave heroes who have fallen in the cause of right. The names will be shown to their children’s children who would be told that they died in the struggle for right and righteousness.”