Eight young men from one family went off to fight in the First World War - only three came home.
The terrible toll on the Beechey family was unusual, but not unique. One other family is known to have lost five brothers in the war: the Souls, from Great Rissington in Gloucestershire. It was the story of the Souls, which came to light in 2001, that reminded Joey (Josephine) Warren of tales told by her mother Edie, the youngest daughter of Amy Beechey. The Reverend Prince William Thomas Beechey had been Rector of Friesthorpe with Snarford, but when the Rector was taken ill with cancer, the family had to leave the Rectory and moved to live in a two-up, two-down terrace in Avondale Street, Lincoln. In April 1918, Amy Beechey was presented to King George V and honoured 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."