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Francis Coyle

Gunner Francis Coyle No 54652 Royal Garrison Artillery
Mrs Annie Coyle m.s. Beattie and her eldest son Francis jnr
Gunner Francis Coyle of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 4th Army Pool. Service No. 54652
Mrs Annie Coyle m.s. Beattie, wife of Francis Coyle and their eldest son, Francis Coyle jnr.
Gunner Francis Coyle of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 4th Army Pool. Service No. 54652
Gunner Francis Coyle of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 4th Army Pool. Service No. 54652
A letter from the front - notification of the death of Francis Coyle
A letter from the front - notification of the death of Francis Coyle
Gunner Francis Coyle a letter from the front to notify his wife of his death written at the front after his funeral by his commanding officer.
It reads...

4th Seige Battery
RGA France
Jan 5th 1916

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
yours truely

Arthur Brock
(Captain).

British Army Form B104 - Official notification of death.
Army Form B104 - Official notification of death of a serving soldier
Commemoration Scroll of Gunner Francis Coyle of the Royal Garrison Artillery
Commemoration Scroll of Gunner Francis Coyle of the Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner Coyle sent postcards home to his family on a regular basis....

NB - The King's head is upside down on the postage stamp below. Was Francis a republican? The act of sticking the image of the King the wrong way up was a common sign of defiance. Unfortunately the other stamps have been removed and we will never know if this is an act of defiance or just a mistake!
The Soldiers Small Book
The form below details the personal effects that were returned to his widow after the death of Francis Coyle. The Soldiers Small Book - which is the document on the left - contained his identity details and next of kin and was most likely in his possession when he was killed.
British Army form 45B

This is a copy of British Army form 45B - which lists all items of personal effects which are to be returned to the next of kin after the death of a soldier.

2 Letters
1 Small Book
1 Postcard

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