Copy of Telegram

Dated:    July 5, 1916

To: Mr. William C. Lacey, Westport

Regret to inform you that the Record Office, London, officially reports No. 77, Private Ronald S.. Lacey, is at Third London General Hospital, Wandsworth, suffering from gunshot wound in leg.  Upon receipt of further information I shall immediately wire you and trust that the next report will be of his convalescence.

J. R. Bennett

Colonial Secretary                   




15th August, 1916

Dear Sir,

I am in receipt of your letter of the 17th July, intimating that you desire to have your son's body sent home from England, if his wound should prove fatal.  Permit me to say that this is a matter with which the Government of the Colony have nothing to do.  Such matters are left altogether in the hands of the Military Authorities in England.  I know of no case where such action has been taken, and I really do not think that they would be able to carry such out.

However, I sincerely trust that your son will soon recover, and the chances are, nine to ten, that he will, as these wounds are seldom fatal.

Yours Truly,

Colonial Secretary

Mr. William C. Lacey,
Westport, White Bay.


Source: The Rooms, Provincial Archives, St. John's, NL

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