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