|The Rushden Echo, 14th May, 1915, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Soldier Killed - Another Rushden Man Wounded - Victims of The Big Battle
Pte. F. S. Whiting (Rushden), son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Whiting, of Rushden, of the 1st Northants. Regiment, has written to his parents to say that Private Tom Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, who live in their house on the allotment Washbrook-road, Rushden, has been killed in action, and that Pte. W. Willis, son of Mr. Harry Willis, of Rushden, has been wounded. He writes:-
“I suppose by the time you get this letter you will have heard about the big battle that has been going on the last day or two, but I am very pleased to say I have got through it almost without a scratch so far, but the worst part about it was we were lying in water and mud for about 15 hours. It is the worst thing I have ever seen and do not wish to see it again. The shell fire was very terrible, and then after we got through that we were running among hundreds of bullets. Tom Robinson was killed, I am sorry to say. Bill Willis is wounded, not very serious and Tear is not hurt.”
Mrs. Whiting acquainted Pte.Tom Robinson’s parents with the sad news yesterday.