|One shouldn't always think the worst |
but in this case we should .
Today there would be hundreds of possibilities why a family should be without a mother.
Divorce,separation & suicide are all possible--- but improbable in those days.
Hundreds of women died in childbirth, or died of common infections and ailments which would be cured today. A few were away in asylums or sanitoriums but sadly an absent Mother will usually mean she is dead.
The girl in the centre photograph holds a photo of a woman and is inscribed on the back "From your Brother and Niece
The Influenza epidemic of 1919 caused the death of 250,000 mostly young British adults.