News had been received in 1916 of the death in action of Pte William Chamberlain (33), of Dowsdale, Whaplode Drove.
William had what was called “an eventful experience” during the war, having been wounded the previous November and then again in Easter. He was on the hospital ship Anglia, which was sunk in the Channel by a mine, but was rescued by a vessel that came to the hospital ship’s assistance, and which itself was then blown up. William was again rescued, although he didn’t know how. He had returned to the fighting line for the third time and sadly been killed in action.
News had also been received of the death of Lance-Corpl Ralph Pattison, who served with the Lincolnshire Regiment. Ralph was the third son of Mr and Mrs R N Pattison of Bourne, who had six sons in the Army. Ralph, bandmaster of Bourne Brass Band, left a widow and a daughter of about 12.
In the same newspaper, it was reported that Pte W Tatam, of West Pinchbeck, whose parents Mr and Mrs David Tatam had lived in Holbeach, had been killed by a shell.