Remembrance Day: WW1 brothers to be remembered with grave wreath
A parish council is to lay a wreath for the first time at a family grave bearing the name of three brothers killed in World War One.
Edward, Frank and Harry Skinner, from Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, fought in France with the Suffolk Regiment.
Their names also appear on the Wimpole and Arrington war memorial, one of 289 across England to earn Grade II listing in the last 12 months.
Council chairman Ian Hack said the family "made the ultimate sacrifice".
Steve Odell, who curates history website Wimpole Past, said Charles Skinner had insisted his sons' names were added to the family gravestone in Wimpole churchyard.
Mr Hack said: "It struck me that the war memorial contains the name of the son of the former owner of Wimpole Hall, as well as these three young men who were local lads who fought alongside him.
"They all made the same sacrifice, regardless of rank.
"To lose so many young men from such a small place as Wimpole must have been absolutely devastating at the time."
Frank, a farm labourer, died aged 21 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July, 1916.
He is buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, France.
His older brother Edward, an engineer's labourer, was reported missing in August 1916 and confirmed dead a year later. He was 24.
Harry died on the "Battlefields of the Somme" on 5 July 1918, aged 20. Both Edward and Harry have no known grave.
"Mr Skinner was a broken man, to lose three of his sons to war," said Mr Odell.
"The fourth son, Arthur, served for the last year of the war. I can't imagine how horrific that must have been for them; the fear of losing him, too."
Tony Calladine, regional director for Historic England, said the stories behind the names "still resonate".
"The first two-minute silence and the creation of permanent war memorials gave people across the world the opportunity to express their grief and to honour those who lost their lives in this momentous conflict," he said.