Letter; Sister Lindsay; 25 Aug 1918; 000/291a
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Letter fo Mr William Clarke of Coila from Sister M Lindsay advising the Clarke family that their son Frederick Clarke had died in hospital as a result of battle injuries. The letter is dated 25 August 1918. The transcription follows:
I am very sorry to tell you that your son Pte. F. Clark, 4th AIF Regt. who was admitted to hospital on Aug 23rd suffering from shell wounds in his [missing word] died 11pm April 23rd. I can assure you that everything that was possible was done to try to save him but he did not rally from the shock and passed peacefully away in his sleep.
He was too ill to send any message to you. He will be laid to rest in Vecquemont British Military Cemetery and there will be a cross with his name and regiment to mark his resting place. Any personal belongings he may have had will be sent to you from headquarters but they usually take several weeks to reach the relatives.
With Sincere Sympathy
25 Aug 1918Place Made
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41 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)
The Casualty Clearing Station was part of the casualty evacuation chain, further back from the front line than the Aid Posts and Field Ambulances. It was manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps, with attached Royal Engineers and men of the Army Service Corps. The job of the CCS was to treat a man sufficiently for his return to duty or, in most cases, to enable him to be evacuated to a Base Hospital. It was not a place for a long-term stay.
a sheet of grid paper
Daours is a village in the Department of the Somme, about 10 kilometres east of Amiens and is north-west of Villers-Bretonneux.Object Type
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