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A poem written by the mother of a soldier killed in the Great War, 1918
(By courtesy of the Staffordshire Newsletter, 6 November 2003)
Staffordshire Newsletter; poem by soldier's mother, 1918

How to use this source:

Study this source carefully and see what it tells you about views on the war at the time it was written. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What words or phrases could you use to sum up the tone of this poem?
  • Does this poem suggest the war was pointless?
  • Does the mother who wrote this poem think her son died for no reason?
  • Does the poem mention officers or commanders?
  • Who is mentioned?
  • Will you choose this as one of the sources to use in your report?

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