Archives: Schoolboys in war-time drama

Nostalgia - from The Standard's archives
Nostalgia - from The Standard's archives

1940: A nine-year-old Boston boy was praised by his headmaster after he got his head stuck between the school wall and the wall of an air raid shelter.

Alan Barton, of Rosegarth Street, was playing with a ball when it ran between the two walls. His struggled to get it out but then found his head was stuck fast. He called out to his friends but they couldn’t get him out. The teachers then had a go, but his head wouldn’t budge. Even the police were called to try and free him, but to no avail. Eventually workmen arrived and broke off the corner of the shelter wall to free the lad.

“He was a little brave lad and did not make a scene,” said headmaster Mr Hudson. “I gave him a half-day holiday for his pluck.”

A schoolboy was praised for getting up from his sick bed to rescue a seven-year-old from the River Witham.

Peter Hutchinson, 16, of Boston Grammar School was off sick when he heard his mother shout “Peter, there’s a boy in the river!”

Outside he saw Gordon Allam being carried away by the current. He ripped off his shirt and plunged into the water.

“I had a tough swim to get to him,” said Peter. “But I managed it.” He returned to school the next day - with only one of his 200 classmates knowing he had saved a lad’s life.


There was a grave encounter at Frithville when the new owners of a house uncovered what was thought to be an old burial site in their home.

Mr W. Overton and his son-in-law Mr C. Taylor were pulling down an old wash house at the site when they unearthed an old 4ft-long flat slab of stone set into the brick floor.

The pair thought it was strange so they decided to move it.

“As we took it up I thought I saw some writing on the side so I brushed away some of the dirt,” said Mr Overton.

Sure enough, there was an inscription which read ‘In memory of Thomas Lusher who departed this life on March 2, 1831 aged 54 years’.There was also an epitaph which began ‘here lies a loving husband’.

Mr Overton believed that before the wash house was built, that particular spot was a garden and Thomas Lusher was buried there. In time, his gravestone fell over and much later a wash house was built around it.

No-one in the village knew anything about a Mr Lusher - who had died 129 years previously.

It was noted that the bridge near the house was called Lush’s Bridge - and The Standard asked their readers if anyone knew if it was named after Mr Lusher.