Dear Mrs Coyle,
It is with deepest regret that I write to
tell you the sad news of your poor husbands death. He was
near his gun this afternoon when he and another gunner were
hit by the same shell and killed practically instantaneously.
I am glad to tell you that it was so sudden that he felt no
pain, and I know that you will be glad of this.
We very much feel his loss as he was an excellent gunner and
a good comrade. We all wish you to accept our deepest sympathy.
He was buried this evening quite near the battery by the Chaplian
in the presence of the officers and his comrades.
I should like to add my own personal sympathy, as being a
maried man with children of my own, I know what a terrible
loss it will be to you all and can feel for you. In your sorrow
I am sure that you will feel proud that your husband has made
the greatest sacrifice that a man can make, by giving his
life for his country.
With deepest sympathy