The Hon. J. R. Bennett
I am working on behalf of those interested to know
whether it is possible to get the two following soldiers discharged:-
The most important & pressing case is the first no.
2380. Pte Kenneth Driscoll, at present lying wounded in the 3rd
London, General Hospital. He is the only support & help of his Foster
Mother Mrs. M. J. Adey of Clarenville, who is at present very unwell &
run down from hard work trying to make a living. It is true that Pte.
Driscoll own father who lives in St. Johnís is quoted as next of kin, but
he has nothing to do with the case & the allotment which goes to Mrs. Adey
& Pte Driscoll has always called her mother & had never known another. She
is very anxious for his return & discharge when he is clear of the
The second case is: No. 2770 Pte. Roy Balsom at present at Ayre Scotland,
who enlisted when only 16 years old according to the Register of Births he
was born March 19th, 1900. He has a brother now in France No.
2395 Corp. Ralph Balsom. Since these boys enlisted their father has died &
the Mother asks that the younger one be sent back to her as she has a
family of small children I may say she has a young man 19 years of age on
the train firing but she says, that of course is also perilous & she is
afraid for the future with a possibility of being deprived of all her help
in bringing up the smaller children.
If you could arrange for these two to come home those
concerned would be very grateful.
I am faithfully
E. Pollett Ward.
Source: GN 2.14.137 - The Rooms, Provincial Archives,
St. John's, NL