ARCHIVES: Stories from the Second World War era

Two members of Boston Home Guard pictured during the Second World War
Two members of Boston Home Guard pictured during the Second World War

75 years ago... 1945: Expecting her sailor son home at any moment, a Boston mother met a Post Office telegram boy carrying the message she thought was to announce his home-coming.

Instead she read the words which were to bring hours of anxious waiting: “We regret to report that your son is missing on war service.”

Kenneth Upsall, aged 22, was a member of the crew of the minesweeper HMS Sphinx - which was attacked by a German Heinkel. The ship, with her engines disabled, was being towed into port when, in a heavy sea, the tow-rope parted and she turned turtle and sank. Some 54 lives were feared to have been lost.

A warning was issued for women and young girls not to walk alone during black-out hours after a married woman was attacked in a Boston alleyway.

The victim was walking along Station Path when she was seized by a man who threw her to the ground. She was able to tear herself free and run away.

A police search failed to find the assailant.

A Sibsey butcher was hailed a hero when he rescued a drowning dog on an ice-covered drain. Risking his own safety, Frank 
Mowbray walked along a plank on the ice to reach the dog.