The unique contribution made by the sons of a Friesthorpe vicar and former pupils of De Aston School to the First World War will be remembered in a community commemoration during Armistice Week.
Five performances of a new play detailing the stoical heroism of the Beechey family will be performed in Lincoln from November 12 to 15.
All eight of the Beechey boys did their duty in the service of King and Country.
Five were killed and a sixth crippled – an unparalleled sacrifice largely overlooked other than on local memorials, in the family’s own remembrances and more recently in the book ‘Brothers at War’.
No other British family gave so much to the war effort and now the Lincoln Mystery Plays Trust has brought their story to the stage in a locally written play, The Last Post.
Drawing directly from the 300 letters written home by the eight serving sons to their mother, Amy Beechey, and five sisters, The Last Post is also influenced by family remembrances recounted.
It is a true community remembrance of the entire family’s dignity and extraordinary sacrifice, written to be performed in the very place where men trained in readiness for war a century ago – Lincoln Drill Hall.
Performances are nightly at 7pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday November 15.
Tickets cost £12 and £10 and are available from www.lincolndrillhall.com or 01522 873894.