This telegram shows that at times parents did not want their sons signing up and serving in the First World War as at times they were the only means of support for the family, such as the case stated below, or other times their sons were too young or they considered them to be too young to be serving their Country. Some times the boys would be sent back home, however it was more often the case that they would have already been enlisted and in training by the time word would reach St. John's from the rural communities. The parents request to have their sons returned home would be refused and in a lot of cases that would be the last time that they would see their loved ones.

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Clarke's Beach
 

To: J. B Bennett
Col Secty

 
Donít accept I.M. Lidstone he is my only support answer collect.

Noah Lidstone.

Source:  The Rooms, Provincial Archives, St. John's, NL

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Feb. 20th- 17

Sir:-

I have been instructed by the Officer commanding Head-quarters to reply to your letter of the 19th inst re the enclosed telegram. As Pet Isaac Malcolm Lidstone is 19 years of age which is over the military standard, and was attested on the 19th inst. before we received the protest embodied in the telegram, we have no authority to release him from his duties in the Newfoundland Regiment.

I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
Chas. R. Ayre Capt.
Newfoundland Regt.

We will have this man make out an allotment in favour of his father.

Chas R. Ayre Capt.

Source: The Rooms, Provincial Archives, St. John's, NL


 

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