Duty to the Dead
Pte Hayes struggles to fulfill his promise knowing the pain that will ensue. He lightens the load with images of a peaceful passing in the full knowledge of the harsh realities of life and death at the front during the Great War; realities that he will carry with him until he too takes that last journey.
France September 2nd
Mr. Allison, Dear Sir It is with my deepest sympathy that I drope you these few lines. I much regret to have to let you know that your son Leslie Allison was killed in action on the 28th. I am a poor scoller and can not express my thoughts and sympathy But as it was your sons last request that I would rite to you I am doing my best all though I trust that the sad news has reached you before this will git to you, at the first opertunity, I will send you his watch.
I might say that he passed away verry peaceful
and suffered verrie littel although he was Baddly wounded he thought he might git better.
I won't put my address on.
But should you want it you could git it at 103 Scott St., St. Thomas.
I am yours sincerely,
Pte J.G. Hayes