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The Beechey Boys Letters

The Beechey boys were eight Lincolnshire brothers who fought in the Great War – of the eight only three came home.

There is only one other known family who lost five sons in the war; they were from the Souls family, from Great Rissington in Gloucestershire.

These letters have been donated by Joey (Josephine) Warren. Joey is the daughter of Edie who was the younger sister of the boys. The story of the Souls family reminded Joey of her mother’s recollections and of the letters that her uncles had written home to their mother Amy in Lincoln.

The family had lived in Friesthorpe with Snarford, Lincolnshire where the family’s father, The Reverend Prince William Thomas Beechey, had been Rector. The family moved to Lincoln when he was taken ill with cancer, they lived in a two-up, two-down terrace in Avondale Street, Lincoln.

“It was no sacrifice, Ma’am,” she told Queen Mary. “I did not give them willingly.”

Amy Beechey

In April 1918, Amy Beechey was presented to King George V and honored by the King and Queen for her immense sacrifice - but despite her great pride in her sons, she was a reluctant heroine.

It was no sacrifice, Ma’am,” she told Queen Mary. “I did not give them willingly.

Amy Beechey is buried in Newport Cemetery, Lincoln. In 2008, as a mark of respect, Cooke/Connell Fundraisers (Mr. Joe Cooke MBE and Mr. Frank Connell, Sheriff of the City of Lincoln) had her grave cleaned and her headstone renovated.

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Battles and Dynasties

Battles and Dynasties

27 May - 3 September 2017

Battles and Dynasties explores the conflict for the crown from Domesday to present day through fascinating documents, paintings and artefacts each fundamental to our local and national heritage. The Exhibition runs from 27 May to 3 September 2017 at the Collection Museum.

It's an unmissable opportunity to see significant pieces on our doorstep here in Lincolnshire, including major objects and paintings that are rarely shown outside of London and some things from private collections that are never on display. Read more about the exhibition here


As part of the Battles and Dynasties the Domesday Book, the country's earliest surviving public record will be on show at Lincoln Castle this summer.

This is a rare and unmissable opportunity to see Domesday on display, in a castle built by the same king that ordered the document. The iconic document will be on display in the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault. Read more about Domesday at Lincoln Castle here

This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. Lincolnshire County Council would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.

Battles and Dynasties has been brought together by Lincolnshire County Council and Lord Cormack in partnership with the Historic Lincoln Trust, The National Archives and the British Library.


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