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The dreaded letter that told a family their son was dead

Retro: A letter home to the family of Joe Armitage, explaining how he died in World War One

Retro: A letter home to the family of Joe Armitage, explaining how he died in World War One

Right: Private Joe Armitage, who died in June 1916

The letter above , from the officer of Joe’s platoon, the Ninth Platoon of the West Yorkshire Regiment, explains:

“It was a difficult job he had to do, he was one of 10 who were specially picked for digging a drain from the front line trench in pouring rain, and it was while doing this that he was shot through the eye with a rifle bullet so at any rate he knew no pain.

“The fact that he was chosen for that job shows that he was reckoned a good and reliable solder in the trenches.”

It also talks about him being “involved in a success which has not yet been published and that he “did excellent work then as a bomber” and was “therefore a big loss to us”.

Below, members of Joe’s family in 1917

 
 
 

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