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Mother’s Day in WW1

6 March 2016

Carla Allen’s Letter to an Unknown Soldier echoes the many letters written by mothers missing their sons during World War One. Allen’s letter conveys the conflicting pride and fear that many women must have felt for their children.

This Mother’s Day, mothers will be receiving calls, texts, emails and video chats all over the world. Imagine what it must have been like on this day one hundred years ago when letters were the primary form of communication. Read Carla’s letter in full.

Scroll through the gallery below read Bonnie Greer & Nicole Branson’s letters from mothers to sons.

More about Letter to an Unknown Soldier 

On Platform 1 of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an Unknown Soldier; he’s reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett invited everyone in the UK to write that letter. By the end of the project they had had over twenty one thousand submissions.

A selection of the letters are available to buy here.

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