Soldier Boy

Soldier Boy- Diary Entry
Amelia Martin
Monday 28th June
Dear Diary,
Today might, as I fear, be the last time I ever will see my son, young Jim, again. If it had not been my cowardice towards his threat, “If you let me sign up I will write to you and keep in contact, If you don’t then I would sign up under a different name and you will never hear from me again”, then tonight I would have cooked for six rather than five.

Oh, how will I ever cope if Jim was to die out at war? He is only fourteen. He has his whole life ahead of him. Maybe they might find out and send him home. Maybe he might decide he doesn’t like the war and confess to his true age and come home. When Jim arrives at Egypt for war, our lives will change dramatically. We will become more anxious for a soldier to arrive at our door, telling us that he is dead and life without Jim would have no meaning.

I feel as though I can no-longer cope. He is really gone. I feel as though my life will be at a standstill until I can hold my boy in my arms again. My heart is breaking more and more with every second he has been gone.

I am being as strong as I can for my family but I break down in tears every time I think of young Jim. Today I cried in total, I have cried once while getting up, once when the ship left, twice while cooking supper, and just now.

Maybe I should go down tomorrow to the registration office, and tell them the truth about Jim, get them to bring him home. But then he would hate me, run away like he said he would, and join under another name. Then I would never hear from him again. I wouldn’t be able to cope with life if I never hear from him again. I might die of nervousness, grief, depression, and anxiety. The thought of loosing my only son haunts me. I am filled with fear of not knowing what the future holds.

But what if I was to die without him hear? How would he cope? Would he be here for the others? Would he hold strong and comfort the family? Would he even be allowed to leave the war to come home for the rest? How these questions haunt me so. If they were only to take in Charlie, then Jim wouldn’t be there.

It is getting late and I must try and get some rest for tomorrow.

A.M. Amelia Martin

Soldier Boy


Frankston, Australia

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My daughter did this for her school project
She should put it in her bjboo profile … one day she will!

A diary entry by a mother – For the families left behind when the youth went to war

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