Long Sutton and Whaplode Drove families touched by war

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The toll of men from South Holland killed or wounded in the First World War continued, with very few families unaffected.

Those included in the “heroes of the fight” from 100 years ago included Surfleet soldier Pte James W Brown of the 1st Lincolns. Pte Brown had been wounded, it was thought at Neuve Chapelle.

The same report told readers that Gosberton Risegate corporal Alfred Newell, also of the 1st Lincolns, had again been wounded. The report said: “He was out with the first expeditionary force, and was wounded at the battle of Mons, came home for a short leave, and after being in this country for a while, was sent back to the trenches again.”

To the local Roll of Honour had been added the name of Pte William Mackman of the Black Watch. His father Robert Mackman, of the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, of Whaplode Drove, received a letter from a friend of his son’s at the front saying he had seen Pte Mackman killed attempting to rescue a wounded comrade.

Long Sutton for the second time had suffered a fatality at the front. Mr Goodman, a well known builder, had received a letter from the officer of the troop to which Pte George Goodman, his youngest son, was attached, saying George had been shot by the enemy “right through the head”.

Other families with better news from the front included the vicar of Long Sutton, whose eldest son Lieut J E Dixon-Spain was serving as an observation officer.

There had been a commission for Mr Gilbert Lacy Barritt, elder son of the late Dr Barritt of Spalding, medical officer of health to the town. Gilbert had been gazetted as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.