France July 5th, 1916

Dear Mrs. Ayre

It is with the greatest sorrow that I am writing to tell you of the death of your son Captain B. P. Ayre of my Battln- He was killed while gallantly leading his company into action in the advance on July 1st. He was killed outright so suffered no pain- he is a very great loss both to myself & the Regiment as he was a very able officer & much loved by us all & his men were devoted to him be miss him every moment of the day as he had been with us from the early days when the Regt was raised- He was buried  in a small cemetery near the Battlefield & to have erected a temporary cross over him, until we hear your wishes to this matter. His watch & the few things to him were collected by a brother officer & will be sent- you in due course. Words with these circumstances are but poor consolation the please accept our deepest sympathy in your great loss.

Yours very sincerely


Commanding, 8th Norfolk Regt.

Source: Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL


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