Sept 6, 1916
Dear Mr. Killough:
No doubt by this time you have been officially informed of the death of your son.
I am his platoon commander and while I was not in the trenches at the time of Arthur's death I have obtained all the information possible and thought you would like to have it. I am sorry it is not possible at present for me to give you information as to the location.
Number six platoon was in near support about fifty or sixty yards behind the front line and had made what cover they could for themselves. About 1.30 A.M. yesterday an apparently very large enemy shell exploded on the parapet immediately above where Arthur and one of his men named Dobson were sleeping. They were evidently both killed by the concussion as while they were buried by the dirt thrown over them by the explosion, every man that could get room to work was doing his utmost immediately to dig Arthur out as they knew exactly where he was. It was evident though that his death had been instantaneous.
I would like to say that while I have only recently joined the battalion I considered Arthur the best soldier in my platoon. He was absolutely without fear in the face of great danger and in addition admired and loved by all for his kindness and clean living. If he had lived he would undoubtedly have received further promotion as opportunity offered.
I know that Arthur can face his Maker as fearlessly as he faced the enemy and that he has well earned the Great Reward.
You have my most sincere sympathy.
Yours very sincerely
Fred. B. McFarren
P.S. He is buried behind the line and the grave marked.