Copy of letter - from William's brother to parents
Extract: "It is with the deepest sorrow I have to write to you this time; I want to end suspense and help you to bear the burden as well. Although I don’t know how I’ve lived through this day everything is still in a whirl, ever since dear old Bill’s (God bless him) chums told me he had fallen. Given his life, his all, that others he loved, might live; but take heart, dear ones, he has only gone home; away from all troubles and trials of this world and God knows there are many. I know too well, it is hard to bear but we have the knowledge that he was laid to rest by loving, loyal chums & a little cross marks the sacred spot where he lies, just outside the village of Warnecourt (sic), a few miles in the advance of this place, Arras.
It was a small piece of shrapnel that took him away and thank God it was instantaneous, having nothing to suffer, for which, for his sake, we have to be thankful."