Holbeach sons helping war effort in 1915

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Three Holbeach sons were at war in France a hundred years ago.

They were Private Charles Wright, Private Robert Henry Capes and Corporal John William Capes.

Charles had been in France for six months, while John had been at the Western front practically since the war began. By 1916 he had been wounded no less than five times, and was at that time recovering in hospital.

Robert (20) had been in the Dardanelles, but he too had been invalided to a hospital in Manchester.

This newspaper reported that Mrs Capes’ youngest son was also anxious to join the army, but was under age.