A Horncastle family’s World War One story is the subject of a new feature film made in the county.
The film, Tell Them of Us, is the story behind one WW1 Lincolnshire war memorial.
In particular, it turns the spotlight on the Crowder family who had held their son Robert’s memory dear and had kept a remarkable archive of unpublished material.
The family, who now run the successful garden centre, Crowders of Horncastle, had kept all his letters written home from the front line.
Robert’s brother wrote his memoirs and his sister-in-law had kept an album of personal
mementoes through her years as a VAD nurse in the local hospital.
Robert’s story represents that of so many of that generation who were torn from their ordinary lives and thrown into the hell of war.
Robert Crowder was not famous; he was neither an officer nor a decorated hero, though he was undoubtedly brave.
He was a gardener and a country boy who played the organ in his village church and loved, and was loved by, his family.
The film premiere will be in Lincoln this Saturday, with public showings at the Collection on the November 8 at 2pm then November 9 at 11am and 2pm.
A charity premiere will be held at Stanhope Hall in Horncastle on November 22.
Fittingly, Stanhope Hall served as a hospital during WW1 and features briefly in the film.