How the Somme’s boy soldiers shame today’s ‘child’ migrants
By RICHARD LITTLEJOHN
8 November 2016
Later this week we will be commemorating the sacrifice of those who fought for Britain. This year is particularly poignant because it marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest encounters of World War I.
On the first day alone, British forces suffered 57,000 casualties. Many of the dead and wounded soldiers were teenagers, some as young as 16.
Between 1914 and 1918, more than 250,000 boys under the age of 18 served in the British Army, many having lied about their age to join up.
Recruiters turned a blind eye, despite many of the volunteers looking as if they hadn’t started shaving. The youngest authenticated soldier was Sidney Lewis, who enlisted in the East Surrey Regiment when he was just 12 years old and fought at the Somme the following year.
Hundreds of thousands of young men crossed the Channel to join the bloody fray because it was considered the patriotic thing to do. These days the passage of men of military age is all in the opposite direction as ‘refugees’ flood across Europe trying to enter Britain.
Plenty of them succeed, too, even though they really should have no legal right to come here. We’re all well aware of the racket which has allowed male migrants in their 20s to be given sanctuary by pretending to be 16 or under.
Now we learn hundreds of Albanian men arrived here illegally last year posing as child refugees. Half of them had their asylum applications accepted and were placed with foster parents.
Documents uncovered by the Mail on Sunday also show they’ve been given school places, even though many of them are obviously over 18, which has created ‘safeguarding issues’ and put other pupils at risk.
Another study highlights the problems caused by some of these so-called ‘children’, primarily their behaviour towards women. Social workers put this down to the ‘gender assumptions of Albanian males’.
So that’s all right, then.
It has also been revealed that once accepted as genuine, they are entitled by law to be treated as ‘children in need’ and must be cared for until they are 25 if they stay in full-time eduction. Taxpayers have to pick up their university costs.
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