The list of men from the South Holland district killed in the early weeks of the Battle of the Somme continued to grow in 1916.
Pte Albert Buck, who had connections with both Weston Hills and Spalding, had been killed in action.
A comrade wrote home: “He went into action with his officer and neither returned – they both fell fighting nobly and gallantly.”
Albert had been at the landing at Sulva Bay, and later at the Suez Canal, and had gone to France in April of that year. He had been wounded three times.
Pte Walter Hare, from Market Deeping, had been killed in action with the Lincolnshire Regiment.
Pte John Thomas Baker, of Fleet Fen, had also been killed in action in 1916. The Captain in the Lincolns, writing to his mother, expressed sympathy and said he was “a soldier of more than ordinary merit”.
Pte C W Wicks, a native of Sutton Bridge who had moved to Canada, had officially been reported as killed in action.
Pte H Longford, formerly of Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, who was serving with the Lincoln Regiment, had been missing since early July. He had enlisted in 1914 and was wounded a year later to the day.