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.

 

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