The English Civil War had affected the lives of a higher percentage of the population than either the First or Second World Wars. Many soldiers were left very disabled and unable to make a living. The wives and children of the men who died were also left penniless. These injured soldiers, widows and orphans appealed to the government for help to survive. In order to receive money, they had to ask someone to write them a petition and have this read out in court. A certificate from a doctor or a character reference from important people in their parish strengthened their case.
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