John, Basil, Ralph, Robert and Clarence Eminson were five brothers from Scotter, four of whom served in the war. The fifth brother, John, was a farmer. As this was a reserved occupation, he stayed at home in Lincolnshire.
Basil was a lieutenant in the Indian Medical Service and was promoted to captain in 1915. He served in Burma, Persia, Mesopotamia and Afghanistan.
Robert joined the King’s Royal Rifle Corps as a 2nd lieutenant. He was killed in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme while trying to save the life of another Scotter man.
The youngest brother, Clarence, became a petty officer mechanic in the Royal Naval Air Service. He had begun studying medicine before the outbreak of war and in 1916 was discharged to complete his education. This was because medics were in short supply.
Ralph joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a lieutenant and was later promoted to captain. He served in France and Salonica. On the 20th May 1918 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order medal. Two companies had come under fire and Ralph ran across no man’s land in full view of the enemy to rescue the wounded.