This poor mother took it upon herself to have her
daughter, who was probably not that old given the writing, the spelling
mistakes and the run on sentences, write directly to the King concerning
why she was not getting a pension like other mother's were who had lost
their sons in the First World War. The letter actually reached Buckingham
Palace as can be seen by the stamp on the letter. It is not known however
what the response to the letter was although the stamp does indicate that
it had not been acknowledged so it no doubt got sent back to the
appropriate officials in St. John's.
Please note that this letter has been transcribed
exactly as it appears in the original handwritten letter.
I am writing to you to know where the mothers gets a
pension in England what got there sons lying in France for I donít get
neither pension nor nothing it is a wonderful sight to look at for
Newfoundland Boys to fight to save England and loss there own lives and we
poor mothers not to get a cent it now over 2 years and I havenít received
one cent from the Regiment he joined the Regiment 1915 he wosent drove
there he went with his own good will to do what he could he wosent like
lots went across and never seen it he worked tell someone belong to old
kaises killed him and it makes me mad today when I thinks about it his
name was Joshua L. George no 2015 and the head ones is making a fortune in
Newfoundland and the mothers nothing I wants a pension for my poor boys
life supposing it is only 50 dollars a month so my poor boy lost his life
in France for sake of King and country so he lost his life and that means
something neither one of the others wont loss there life's for nothing
what ever comes he was a good help to me he was alive and I misses the one
is writing this is my little girl is called after the Queen Alexandra
there was lots of people got a present but I got nothing if you is our
good King George you well answers this in a good way.
Mrs. Noah George
God bless our King and the Royal family.
Source: GN 2.14.256 The Rooms, Provincial Archives,
St. John's, NL