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Transcript of Letter from Sergeant Brammer and Sergeant J. Halpin to Mrs. C. O'Donnell, on the Death of Private Martin O'Donnell, 26 February 1915

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(D/DLI 7/929/1)


"Pte M O Donnell 
14 DLI Feb. 26 1916 
Worked 15 years in Messrs. Shorts' Shipyard

Dear Madam
I regret to have to break
this sad news to you regarding your
husband, whom I'm sorry to tell you was
shot through the head this morning by
a sniper, he was unconcious until he
died, it has been a sad blow to
me & all his chums for he was
well respected by all with whom he
came into contact with, we did the
best we could for him when we
saw there was no hope of recovery,
his platoon Sergeant & chums knelt &
said the Rosary and De Profundas & a
few acts of contrition, as we were
Roman Catholics like himself. He died the
death of a hero, he was a soldier &
a man. Please accept the sympathy of
myself & all his comrades. Gone but not
forgotten.
Yours truly

[on reverse]

12685 Sergt Brammer & 9725 Sergt. Halpin. J

D. Coy. 14 Batt. D.L.I
B.E.F
France

Enclosed you will find his rosary beads, Sacred Heart badge & two rings"