Soldiers’ families went through hell during the Great War, forever waiting for news from the trenches.

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But for Henry and Louisa Creasey, their worst nightmares came true.

All four of their sons had signed up to the Norfolk Regiment, and none of them came home.

Mr and Mrs Creasey, who were recorded as living in West Runton, near Sheringham, in the 1911 census, also had five daughters.

Steve Smith, who has written a book to mark the centenary of the First World War, discovered the family’s history as part of his research.

The author, from Worstead, looked into the military paths of brothers Charles, Thomas, Horace and George.

He found that Charles and Thomas Creasey joined the 5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, with Charles serving at Gallipoli before going to Palestine where Thomas joined him in 1916. Horace and George also served in the Norfolk Regiment but on the Western Front.

Mr Smith struggled to trace George’s story, until a surviving relative told him that he had joined up under a false name – George Clarke.

Charles and Thomas were both killed in action at the second Battle of Gaza on April 19, 1917.

Horace was killed in action on October 28, 1917

George was killed in action on April 21, 1918.

While George’s death is recorded as being April 21 or 22, Mr Smith said the war diary for the battalion records his death as being at 6am on April 19 when he was shot by a sniper.

Do you have a story about the First World War to share with us? Email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk

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