More prisoners of war from Spalding and district

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Local men serving with the Lincolnshire Territorials were displaying “distinguished gallantry” in the field of battle in 1915.

That was according to a message printed in these newspapers from the Major-General commanding 46th Division, E Stuart-Wortley. His division included the 1/4th and 1/5th Battalions Lincolnshire Regiment.

It was the actions of the men, at that time serving with the British Expeditionary Force, in a recent attack on the enemy’s position that had spurred the major-general’s glowing praise.

He added: “I trust that the result of their gallant efforts may be to bring every able-bodied man into the ranks.”

By this time in the war people were paying a heavy price for that gallantry, with a growing list of war dead as well as those who were missing or captured.

A hundred years ago this newspaper carried the photographs of eight men who were prisoners of war.

They were Lance-Corpl Norman T King, who had written to family in Surfleet to say he had been wounded and was a prisoner of war.

Pte F Merrill, of Albion Street, was one of four Spalding men to enlist in the 8th Lincolns at the same time, and all were prisoners of war in Germany.

Lance-Corpl Walter Barnsdale, of Donington, had been taken prisoner in an attack made by the 8th Lincolns on the German lines.

George Samuel Tinkler, of Gedney Drove End had been taken prisoner, as had Pte C Woods.

Signaller W Evans had managed to get a postcard to family in Mill Lane, Spalding, to say he had been captured, but Mrs Baxter, of Seagate Terrace, Long Sutton, actually received a photograph of her son in a prisoner of war camp looking “in the best of health”. Pte G Illett, of Bourne, was also a prisoner of war in Germany.

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