44 Casualty Clearing Station
Dear Mr. Paul,
Your letter has reached me today & many thanks for it.
Your Son's poor Body was one of over 6,000 that I helped to recover as soon as the Enemy retreated & the ground safe to work over.
I have looked up my Records & find I buried his Remains in Hawthorne Ridge, No 2, B Row, Grave 8. It is quite close to Beaumont Hamel, between the wires in the original "No Man's Land" & within a few yards of where he fell.
The Record book has to be carefully gone through by the War Office as 95% of the bodies I recovered are cases of "Missing". It is only within the last few weeks the official news has been sent to some relatives and probably you will be hearing quite soon again.
These are awfully sad days and we must put our trust in the Lord Jesus and in His Words in John 11:25:6.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy & also express it for me to your son's wife.
Leonard T. Pearson