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[1] Dear Gerrie: Reader's letter.

READING of how John Simmonds had the cost of his burial blanket taken from his earnings on demobilising from the army after the war (Dear Gerrie, October 24) brought back to me a similar insulting story.

My cousin was killed on a raid over Germany. My aunt received his pay, less the shilling he owed in the Sergeants' Mess.

Ten years after the war she received a letter from the War Graves Commission saying that a permanent memorial had now been erected for her son and asking her if she would like to send a contribution for the cost of the engraving.

What a mean attitude towards a lady whose only child had given his life for his country.

Lilian Evans

Melling, Liverpool
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Evans, Lilian
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2000
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