A Real Life Case of Saving Private Ryan

Four of the five Smith brothers, killed in action during World War I.

Four of the five Smith brothers, killed in action during World War I.

While the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’ is often thought to be loosely based on the true-life story of the four Niland brothers with the US Army, there was a British mother during World War I that suffered the unthinkable-the loss of five of her six sons to war. It took the efforts of relatives and the Queen of England, to have the surviving son sent home from the front.

Real Life Saving Private Ryan Story