Three sons of Mr and Mrs Richard Healey, of Little London, Spalding, had each served four years in the Royal Navy in 1915.
They were Stoker Leonard (Tim) Healey, attached to the Queen Mary.
Next is Able Seaman Percy Healey, a range finder on the Queen Elizabeth.
Percy’s twin brother, Able Seaman Harold Healey, was a member of the crew of the Excellent.
A fourth son, Harry, just 15 years old, also wanted to go to sea and had been provisionally passed, but had to wait a further six months.
The boys, though born away from the sea, had always liked water and Percy had once saved a lad from drowning. It was said their mother came from an old-established family of Portland sailors.