Recommended for the
Mr. Richard Edmonds permits
us to publish the following letter from Colonel Gillson,
commanding officer of the battalion to which his son, Lieut.
Harold Edmonds, was attached:
Dear Mr. Edmonds, --
With the greatest regret I have to write to let you know that your
gallant son died from his wounds, which he received in the attack
on 9 Apr 1917.
You will doubtless have had
the news from the war office before you get this, and I can only
wish to let you know how sorry we are to lose him and how much he
Although he had not been
with my battalion very long, he had become in that short time one
of my most popular and trusted officers, and he had won the
respect and confidence of his men in a wonderful way. I never knew
a keener or more promising officer, and he was equally popular
with officers and men.
The battalion had a very
severe fight on that day and there were a great number of
casualties, most of whom I did not see, but I did see your son on
the way to the hospital and was equally surprised and shocked to
hear of his death, as I felt sure he would do all right, as he was
such a plucky and strong boy.
So many of these things are
happening just now that one begins to expect them, but none has
hit me harder than your boy's death. He was such a light-hearted,
charming fellow and all he would say to me when I saw him was
"I got as far as any of them," and indeed he did.
Poor boy, had he lived, he
would I hope, have got the Military Cross, for which he was
recommended, and none would have earned it better.
I cannot tell you how much
I sympathize with you.
Yours sincerely, R. M. Gillson.