Rushden Soldier Killed - An Unofficial Intimation - Lance-Corpl. S. Colburn Mortally Wounded
To Rushden’s roll of honour must be added the name of Samuel Colburn, a Lance-Corporal in the Northants Regiment, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Colburn, of 37, Cromwell-road, Rushden.
News came to his friends on Tuesday that Lance-Corpl. Colburn was killed in Belgium on Oct. 31st. the letter was written by his chum, who saw him go down. It is a fortnight since Lance- Corpl. Colburn wrote home, and that letter was a long time coming. He had, however, previously kept his parents and friends well supplied with news.
Mrs. Colburn, mother of the Lance-Corporal, at once wrote to the War Office to ask for confirmation or otherwise of the reported death.
The deceased had served in India for a number of years and was called up for service in the present war on Tuesday, Aug. 3rd. a photo of him appears in this issue.
The letter announcing the death of Lance-Corpl. Colburn is as follows:- “I am sorry to tell you that your poor son got killed while fighting on Oct. 31. Will you kindly let his wife know, as I feel so sorry? I think it best for someone to break the news to her, as I suppose it will be a long time before she gets an official report of his death. Yours sincerely, J. Good.”
We learn that the writer of the above letter is the Sergt. Major of the regiment to which the deceased belonged, so the information is in all probability very reliable.
Up to the time of going to press the War Office had not replied to Mrs. Colburn’s inquiry.