Mr A Winterbottom
It is with the deepest sorrow I have to write you in reference to the death of your son (#116506 S.A. Winterbottom.)
I was standing within a few feet of him at the time he was killed, the same shell killing his companion and wounding three others of his section.
I would like to express my deepest sympathy with you and yours in your bereavement, he was undoubtedly the best in my platoon, his name being first on the list for promotion, he was also a great favorite amongst all ranks in the Battalion.
I need scarcely say how much I deplore his death, as he will be hard to replace, being very reliable at all times.
His personal effects will be sent you through the proper channels, but felt I must write you a personal note of appreciation of his good work.
H Jefferis, Lieut
#10 Platoon 29th Van Bn.