With each passing week more South Holland families heard the terrible news that a loved one had died in The Somme in 1916.
Pte George L Barber, of Chestnut Terrace, Sutton Bridge, left a widow and four children when he was killed by shell fire in what was referred to then as “the great advance”. Pte Barber was in the 7th Suffolk Regiment.
Spaldonian Lane-Corporal Herbert Sentance (21) also died in “the dash from Albert to La Boiselle”. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Sentance, of Fulney, and belonged to the Lincolnshire Regiment Chums Battalion. He had previously worked at the Spalding Co-operative Stores.
West Pinchbeck Rifleman Cecil Wiles (25) was also killed on the Somme. The son of Mr and Mrs J W Wiles had been carrying rations when he was struck by a shell, killing him and wounding four others. Cecil was attached to the King’s Royal Rifles and had been serving in France for two months. Before enlisting he farmed with his father at West Pinchbeck.