Soldier's Last Letter

DESCRIPTION: Mother opens a letter from her son. It says he loves her. As he writes from a trench he gets orders. He will finish the letter later. The letter is unsigned so she knows he is dead. She prays "protect all the boys ... keep old Newfoundland/America free"
AUTHOR: Henry "Redd" Stewart (during World War II) (source: Guigne)
EARLIEST DATE: 1944 (Ernest Tubb recording)
KEYWORDS: army battle war death patriotic religious mother soldier
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Guigne, pp. 338-340, "The Soldier's Letter" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #25338
Alvina Coles, "The Soldier's Letter" (on NFAGuigne01)
Marie Hartery, "The Soldier's Last Farewell" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Ernest Tubb, "Soldier's Last Letter" (Decca 6098, 1944)

cf. "The Last Letter" (theme)
File: Guig338

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