Lance Bombardier Sidney Walter LAW, 1892-1918 - a mother's loss

Lance Bombardier Sidney Walter LAW, 1892-1918 - a mother's loss

21st March 1918

Sidney was killed in action during the March Retreat from the Somme on 21st March 1918. Due to the horror and confusion of identifying victims of this terrible event, many of whom would have been unidentifiable, Sidney's mother was not notified of his death and was beside herself with worry after hearing nothing of his whereabouts for some time; so she placed a notice in a newspaper asking for any information about her missing son. She subsequently received a sad letter dated 29th January 1919, nine months after her son's death, from one of his comrades, Bombardier R H Fisher, 147103. In his letter, Bombardier Fisher informs Sidney's mother that her son has been killed in action and relates the circumstances of his death. "My dear Mrs Law, I read your pathetic notice in the paper this afternoon and needless to say was more than surprised to learn you had heard nothing Official before this. Poor Sid was killed instantly about 10.30 on the morning of the 21st March 1918. You will be grateful to know he did not suffer at all. In the evening we buried him just before receiving the order to retire, placing a rough wooden cross over the grave. The grave is situated behind the village of Beau Metz about 1000 yards from the Bapaume-Cambrai Road and behind the gun pits. Your son was extremely popular with everyone and was one of my most intimate friends. Unfortunately I was hit by the same shell and consequently lost touch of the battery for some considerable time and on rejoining could not obtain your address. Please let me know if I can do anything further for I shall be only too pleased. In conclusion may I on behalf of all Sid's comrades offer you our deepest sympathy in your terrible bereavement. Believe me to be Yours very sincerely, R H Fisher."

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    Born 1891

    Died 1918

    British Army 353862 Gunner Royal Garrison Artillery

    British Army 353862 Lance Bombardier Royal Garrison Artillery 154th Heavy Battery