Brothers at war - the tale of the Crowder family in new film Tell Them Of Us

Actors playing the Crowder brothers read the Horncastle News
Actors playing the Crowder brothers read the Horncastle News
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“He was not famous; he was neither an officer nor a decorated hero, though, he was undoubtedly brave.

“He was just a gardener and a country boy who played the organ in his village church and loved, and was loved by, his family.”

Those are the emotive words used to describe Thimbleby’s Robert Crowder, one of the hundreds of thousands of British soldiers who lost their lives in World War One.

Now, Robert’s story - and that of the Crowder family’s wartime experiences - is the focus of a new film, “Tell Them Of Us.”

The film - produced by WAG screen - is largely based on letters sent home from the frontline by Robert and his brother William.

William survived the war - unlike Roberts who was killed at Passchendaele in 1917 , at the age of 21.

Today, of course, the Crowder family run a successful garden centre business.

However, 100 years ago, and the Crowder’s had other things on their mind as the two brothers headed for the trenches.

Although Robert and William feature prominently in the film, other members of the family are highlighted.

And, the Horncastle News also has a role.

We opened our archives to the producers who took away an original 1916 copy of the newspaper.

In one scene, the two brothers are seen reading the paper in the trenches.

The story behind the film started when WAG screen chose the war memorial in Thimbleby.

On a visit to the village, they discovered residents were heavily involved in the fight to keep the historic church open.

The church includes a beautiful stained glass window, commissioned by the Crowder family.

Helped by the family, the producers and scriptwriters slowly uncovered the remarkable story of the two brothers.

Other characters featured include Robert and William’s mother Ann and their older sister Grace.

The film opened last week in Lincoln and there will be a charity premiere at Stanhope Hall, Horncastle, on Saturday November 22.

The showing is expected to be a sell out.

Tickets (£7.50) are available in advance from Crowders Garden Centre, Perkins Newsagent, Woodhall Spa Dry Cleaners. All proceeds will go to the St Margaret’s Church Restoration Fund.