8th Norfolk Regt
July 10th 1916

Dear Mrs. Ayre

I am just writing you a line to tell you how sorry we all are about your son. He had already lead the front waves over three lines of German trenches and was hit when nearing the fourth line. It will be a comfort to you to know that he suffered no pain ( I heard that from the doctor of the Berkshire Regt- who was able to get to him almost at once) also that the attack he was leading, was entirely successful, nor is there any doubt that he was mainly responsible for the success of our brigade. He was very greatly loved by his men, I cannot give a better testimony of that then the way in which all officers and men flocked to his funeral- about which they were only given five minutes notice. He was buried in Carnoy Cemetery on the 3rd. Please accept our deepest sympathy from yours sincerely,

Jack Patten

Source: COLL-158 4.01.006, Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL



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