France April 18 - 17
Mrs B.P. Richardson
Dear Mrs Richardson
You have doubtless been informed through official channels of the death of your son Charles, and I am writing just a few lines as his platoon officer to give what comfort you may receive from the exact particulars.
We had reached our objective early in the morning with small losses, but by mid-day were subjected to heavy bombardments by enemy artillery. Charlie was with his men when a large shell burst close at hand inflicting the injuries that proved fatal. We had him well cared for and made as comfortable as possible in a captured dugout. I visited him constantly and did what I could to ease the pain. He was wonderfully cheerful and displayed marvelous endurance. It was morning again before it was possible to obtain stretchers to carry out the more serious cases and the wait was too long. I was with him when he died - he was calm and apparently unconscious of his wounds - he just slipt away.
I trust you may be comforted in knowing that his life and death were glorious examples worthy of the highest praise.
Gerald W. Guiore Lt.