VIDEO: Film company brings Thimbleby’s First World War history to life

Lincolnshire heritage film company WAG Screen are bringing a piece of World War One history to life in Thimbleby with the telling of the story of the Crowder brothers.

Robert and William Crowder fought in the First World War and, sadly, as William was embarking for France in November 1917 his brother Robert was killed in action on the same day.

Cast and crew review their filming in Thimbleby EMN-140503-150044001

Cast and crew review their filming in Thimbleby EMN-140503-150044001

The brother’s story is now being told by WAG Screen in their film ‘Tell Them Of Us’ through letters which were written home by Robert during the war.

WAG Screen Chairman John Bennett said: “We focus on issues which are particular to Lincolnshire.

“We wanted to make a film which was a memorial for the ‘everyman’.

“After searching for a memorial we found Thimbleby’s, which is dedicated to five men from the village who died in the war.”

One of the names is Robert Ashley Crowder, who died aged 21.

The other men remembered are; John William Blakey, aged 37, Henry Lammiman, aged 30, John Lancaster, aged 41, and George Taylor, aged 34.

Filming has been taking place in Thimbleby and Baumber. The memorial to the fallen is in St Margaret’s Church, Thimbleby, as well as a stained-glass window in dedication for Robert and William.

“People in the village have done research on the families to aid us,” John added. “It’s wonderful having the opportunity to film in the village where the brothers are from.

“Unfortunately their old house is now part of their family garden centre, but another member of the Crowder family has allowed us to use their property which looks very similar.

“They have been so supportive in helping us create this film, and we are using William’s memoirs which have been put together by his grandson Robert Holland.

“It’s a very unique story and one that is typical of rural Lincolnshire.

“Descendents of all the families we were touching on in this film have also shown their support.”

WAG Screen managed to track down a Studebaker Tourer made over 100 years ago after finding a picture of Robert Crowder behind the wheel of one.

At first, the Crowder family were sceptical of their ancestors owning the car due to its expense.

However, after contacting the Lincolnshire Archives, they found the original registration documents confirming that it was a 1915 Tourer.

Just three working examples of the Tourer survive in the UK and the owner of a 1913 model, Gordon MacFarlane, allowed his car to be used in filming and the car was seen in Thimbleby two weeks ago.

“We had one gentleman come outside and ask us what was going on,” John continued. “We told him that we were filming with this car and he said that his 101-year-old mother was inside the house - so the car was made in the same year she was born.”

Filming is set to be completed by the end of the summer.