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Mother pleads for son to be sent home from the front
A soldier of the Sherwood Foresters is greeted on the door step by his mother as he arrives home on leave Photo: © IWM (Q 30402)

Mother pleads for son to be sent home from the front

London, 7 August 1917 - Parents in England have pleaded for the return of their one surviving son from war.

With two of her sons already killed in the fighting, the mother wrote to Mr Will Crooks MP, imploring him to help in having her last son returned from the war. ‘He is the only thing we have in the world,’ she wrote. ‘Surely we have done enough and are not asking too much to have our only boy back?’

This heartbreaking appeal has been forwarded by Mr Crooks to the War Office. 

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.