English gentleman author Rudyard Kipling, famous for the Jungle Book, uses his considerable influence, being on a War Office propaganda think tank, to get his nearly 18 year-old son John 'Jack', admitted for military service during World war I after he is repeatedly refused on account of his bad eyesight. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards: their patriotic dream but mother and sister's nightmare. After a short officer training course Jack gets command of a platoon and embarks in France. Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible losses and Jack is reported missing. Now mother Caroline 'Carry' Kipling proves unstoppable pushing Rudyard's influence and half of England to help find out the truth. When it finally comes, there is far less glory than gore and guilt.
KGF Vissers (edited P Vanderl)
A young man fights for his country.
Did You Know?
David Haig's original play had a successful run at the Hampstead Theatre, London. It opened on October 13, 1997, with Haig as Kipling and Belinda Lang as Carrie. The pair revived the production in 2004 for a nationwide tour. See more
Speaking in front of a famous recruiting poster of Lord Kitchener, Rudyard Kipling announces the outbreak of war (beginning of August, 1914). The poster of Kitchener was first published in September 1914 in the journal 'London Opinion'. See more
[after being informed of Jack's death
By all accounts he was very brave, so few of us have the opportunity to play our part properly. But he did. He achieved what he set out to achieve.
He must have been in such awful pain.
If you talked to wounded soldiers they would tell you the pain only sets in later. So, he was lucky. I was done with quickly.
Don't tell me he was lucky! He wasn't lucky, or... or Brave, or happy! Jack was eighteen years and 1 day old! He died in the rain, he couldn't see a ...
Happy Birthday to You
by Patty S. Hill
(as Patti Hill Smith) & Mildred J. Hill
(as Mildred Hill)
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