Belgium, May 1st, 1916
Dear Dr. and Mrs. Ivey:
On behalf of the Battery I write you this letter of respect for your gallant son, Henry, who heroically met his death while on duty. His death is felt by all who knew him, for he was looked upon as a good soldier, and admired by all who knew him.
He was carried on a stretcher by David Hill and myself to a little grave-yard not far from our position, when our good chaplain Major Beattie, came many miles, at 9 o'clock P.M. and directed the services. He sprinkled the dust of the mother earth - "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust," We parted leaving to rest our brave warrior lad in a little grave-yard in far off Belgium.
How many more shall pay the utmost price, no one can possibly say, but this we know, he hath not sacrificed in vain who hath laid down his life, for "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for this friends."
All the Battery boys go nightly and attend to the fixing of his grave, and you may rest assured that it will be ever looked after, so long as we are in the country. It was a splinter from a shell that caused it all. He suffered not and passed quickly away, with a smile on his lips.
Henry is frequently and fervently remembered in the prayers of
MAURICE J. GORMLEY