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The People’s Friend Magazine
D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd.


A short story by author Susan Blackburn.

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Illustration by Gerard Fay.

……We’d marched out of our village, upright, walking tall, eager to fight for king and country, electrified with the excitement of it all. It would be short lived anyway, we’d be home by Christmas, they said……



Jamie goes off to fight in the First World War and returns with shell-shock. But the
love of his family and friends helps him find happiness in even the bleakest of times.


It’s the First World War. A young man is in a trench, wearing British Army uniform and
helmet. He is writing poetry, and looks hopeful as he remembers his family at home.
Small inset: Men marching as they go to fight in WW1.

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