No doubt you will be very surprised when you receive this letter. I should have written before but I was unable to obtain your address so I could not do so. It concerns the death in action of your son and as I was the only man who was with Peg when he was killed I am able to give you the particulars of how he met his death. It was during the morning of the the 7th August. I with your son with were the two non commissioned officers who were in charge of the working parties close to a place called Montauban in the Somme area. We were very heavily shelled and lost some men killed and wounded. The parties were dispersed and sent home and myself and peg remained behind to bury two of our men who had been killed. He had just left men and moved on around one traverse of the trench when a heavy shell burst lose to him and a small fragment permeated to his heart killing him instantaneously. He was struck as well in the face and the thigh. I personally buried him close to the place where he was hit. (This is now used as a permanent cemetery) and marked his grave with a wooden cross bearing his number rank and name. He was very much liked and respected in the squadron and we all (his messmates) wish to tender our most heartfelt sympathy to you in your bereavement.
Believe me to be
Yours very sincerely
6028 Sgt Stevens
4 D Gds
PS. All his personal belongings were handed to the Adjutant.