Coming Home 1918


Joe Henry lied about his age in order to enlist. There were suspicions on the front, yet Joe held firm to his story, and weathered the horrors of war. As the Battle of the Sambre-Oise appears to back German forces into a corner, the Allied troops sense that war is drawing to a close.

What does Jo have to look forward to in ‘Coming Home’? He ran out on his mother and siblings, leaving a postcard only. He justified his actions by saying he was following his father, yet Joe does not know his fate. What will a post-war Britain be like? For work? For women?

In ‘Coming Home 1918‘ we step into Joe’s shoes (army boots). We sense his immaturity, feel his fear and understand his huge readjustment. This is gentle, empathetic storytelling that informs and recreates the experience. There is much to be learned and gained from reading ‘Coming Home 1918′.


Coming Home 1918

Jim Eldridge


Joe Henry signs up in the last months of the war. He wants to do his bit to support his father. However, Joe is thirteen, well underage, and war is not like anything he could imagine. Toward the Armistice, at the end of 1918, Joe is ‘Coming Home’ to face his family. How will they react? What will he discover? There’s a new threat- Spanish flu. How much can Joe and his family bear?


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