21st September, 1938.
Mr. F.A. Smith,
Amalgamated Engineering Union,
110, Peckham Road,
Dear Mr. Smith,
I have received a letter from a Mr. A.E. Boswell, 56, Westcotes, Coventry, the father of one of your members who has been killed in Spain.
It is a very sad case indeed. The boy's name was Bruce Boswell and he was their eldest son and his age was 20.
The father said that his son was a very active member of your Union, "and played a large part in organising the apprentices in their fight for membership and recognition in Coventry last year. As a result of his activities in this connection he was more or less ostracised and found place in offering, and giving his all to the cause he had so much at heart."
When he left home he allowed his mother 30s. for housekeeping purposes. The loss of this income was severely felt, and Mr. Boswell, who incidentally is a Socialist, brought the position to the notice of what he calls, the "Spanish Dependants Aid Committee" in May, who replied to the effect that they were not in a position to assist new cases. He says he felt it very keenly that a fund to which the Trade Union Movement and other working class organisations were giving donations should not be able to help such