Dear Mrs. Steele, -- We
received your letter this morning for which we thank you. Early in
October Sam was wounded in action -- three bullets from a German
machine gun passed through his left foot, causing a bad fracture
The doctors tried all that
was possible to save his foot for several weeks. They removed him to
a second hospital, but on 2 Nov it was found necessary to amputate
his leg at the knee, prior to which he suffered much pain. Soon
afterward that ceased. He continued there till a few days ago.
Yesterday we received an
official letter stating that he has been removed on the 20th inst.,
and had arrived at the General Military Hospital, Edmonton, London,
No. 10. This morning we received a letter from Sam, written by a
friend, another patient, telling us he was at Edmonton, and we could
see him any day, at any time, so his Mother has gone. It is almost
24 miles from Feltham by railway to Norfh London.
We were sorry they had to
take his leg off so high up. By his letter today he seems quite
satisfied. If my wife is home in time that I may add how she found
him, I will do so; mail leaves here today for Canada.
I am sorry to tell you that
our dear son Archie was killed in action 24 Oct in Belgium. He and a
comrade were in their dugout when a heavy shell fell nearby, the
concussion of which killed both instantly. The officers of his
company buried him on the battlefield the same day and put up a
white cross theron marking all particulars upon it.
I had posted a letter to him
that day. I also received our last letter from him that day, which
he had written 21 Oct. He was one of our best sons -- often coming
home on short leave when at Hampshire, and writing letters to us
The officers and men of his
company kindly sent us a letter of sympathy and Capt. Milne sent us
a very kind letter also. He seemed beloved by all. We are very sorry
to have lost him.
Sam and Archie were both
gassed, from which they both recovered.. We expect Same was wounded
8 Oct; of the date we shall hear later. With our best wished to you.