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.