First World War centenary to be marked with exhibition in Boston

Boston War Memorial
Boston War Memorial

A two-day event will take place in Boston’s Drill Hall to help highlight the town’s First World War story.

The venue, where Boston C Company of the Lincolnshire Regiment trained and assembled before heading to war, will be filled with exhibits looking at the conflict on a local and global level on Saturday and Sunday.

Boston Market Place, September 1914

Boston Market Place, September 1914

There will be a ‘walk through’ trench display, historians on hand who can pass on advice for finding out their family’s war story and a display from Coastal Boston.

The project is bankrolled by the Heritage Lottery Fund and put together by the Boston Great War Commemoration Society.

Co-ordinator Michael Hallett feels many people may be surprised by the rich story to be told about Boston.

He pointed to the fact that Sluice Bridge and Wormgate were bombed by Zeppelins during the 1914-18 conflict and that the town’s port repatriated prisoners of war on both sides.

The Royal Flying Corps had a connection to Freiston Shore while there were two Red Cross hospitals in Boston - one near Central Park and another at a location as-yet unknown to the society.

Mr Hallett said: “We might be a small town but we did quite a lot.”

He added: “Of course the first casualties were not the soldiers but the fishermen. War was declared and they were already out doing their job. They were very unlucky.”

He hopes the event will help people connect with the conflict, as well as their own families’ past, adding: “For a lot of our exhibitors this is their passion. They love sharing their knowledge so people can come along and chat to them.”

After the weekend the society will take its exhibits to schools and groups who want to learn about the war.

Each day runs from 10am to 4.30pm at the Drill Hall in Main Ridge, which maintains its military links to the modern day as the base for Boston’s Army Cadet Force.