Memorial unveiled for family who lost five sons in WW1

A memorial bench and plaque have been unveiled to highlight the sacrifice of a Lincoln family who lost five sons in the First World War.

The Beechey Boys tribute was installed in the Arboretum on Thursday, May 9 and shown off with fanfare.

Amy Beechey, a local mother who lived in nearby Avondale Street, enjoyed many walks in the park.

Eight of her sons fought in the war. Only three returned home, one with life-changing injuries.

The bench was designed by Roll and Scroll in Grantham, which commemorates both the bench and Lincoln as the birthplace of the tank.

John East, a chairman of the Monks Road Residents Association, said: “Many local residents felt the Beechey families sacrifice should be commemorated and we feel the Arboretum, where the family regularly walked, is the perfect spot.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite