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Letters from the First World War

Letters from the First World War

The letters of a Lincolnshire woman, who lost five of her eight sons in World War One, have been donated to a Lincolnshire museum.

Amy Beechey had 14 children, including eight boys who all went to the front line but only three returned alive.

They were just one of only two families in the UK who lost five brothers in the war.

The story has echoes of the Steven Spielberg film Saving Private Ryan starring Tom Hanks.

The Beechey brothers wrote home to their mother regularly, and these letters have been passed down the generations.

Now Amy's granddaughter, Joey Warren, who's now in her eighties, is donating them to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

At a ceremony at Lincoln's Guild Hall, the collection was passed over to the museum in front of the mayor and a civic party. Mrs Warren says she's pleased others will be able to see the letters from her great-uncles.

Amy Beechey's family, and their history, have been featured on BBC One's programme Inside Out and it was a call from writer Michael Walsh that brought the letters to light again, after he appealed in a magazine for anyone who knew of five brothers lost at war to come forward.

Michael was so moved by the collection of letters he wrote a book about the family, called ' Brothers in War'.

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