Back in 1891 the Derbyshire Courier used to have a section called Captain Kindness, Childrens Corner.April 6th 1891, Alfred Glossop aged 12, from Old Whittington managed to get some of his friends to join Captain Crusoe’s army (of nearly 3000 children), and he wrote the following letter to Captain Crusoe.

What struck me is that at least one of those boys on the list would be joining a real army some years later. Herbert Widdowson died in 1916 aged 32, I am sure he wasn’t the only one on Alfred’s list who joined up and fought for King and Country some years later!

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