|The Rushden Echo, 18th August 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Man’s Death - The Late Pte F. R. Charles
Hit By A Bullet - While on Sentry Duty - “Died At His Post”
Mrs. W. Charles, of 19 Co-operative-row, Rushden, has received the following letter regarding the death of her son, Pte F. R. Charles, 14994, ----- Northants Regiment.
“You have no doubt by now received the news of the death of your son, and, as his Company Commander, I am writing to inform you of the circumstances of his death. He was taking his turn as a sentry in the front line trenches when he was hit by a bullet along the side of the head and fell into the trench. He was picked up, unconscious, and immediately taken to the nearest dressing station, where he had the attention of a medical officer. About 20 minutes after he was hit he regained consciousness, but was unable to speak, but happily did not appear to be suffering. He was then sent to hospital, where he has since died. You may rest assured that every possible assistance was readily rendered to save his life and that he will have a grave, the position of which you will be able to ascertain from the Graves Registration Committee. I can assure you of the fullest sympathy of us all in the loss of your son, who undoubtedly died at his post of duty. I am, madam, yours faithfully, Capt. H. W. Trefusis, Cmdg. C Co., ------ Northants.