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Transcript of Official Letter Reporting Private O'Donnell's Death, March 1916

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(D/DLI 7/929/3)


9th March 1916

 

Madam,

It is my painful duty to inform you that a report 
has this day been received from the War Office notifying the death of

(No.) 14118 (Rank) Private

(Name) Martin O'Donnell (Regiment) 14th Batt[alio]n.

DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY which occurred at a place
in France

on the 26th day
of February 1916 and I am to express to you the

sympathy and regret of the Army Council at your loss. The cause of death was

Wounds received in Action.

If any articles of private property left by the deceased are found, they will be
forwarded to this Office, but some time will probably elapse before their receipt, and
when received they cannot be disposed of until authority is received from the War 
Office.

Application regarding the disposal of any such personal effects, or of any 
amount that may eventually be found to be due to the late soldier's estate, should
be addressed to "The Secretary, War Office, London, SW.," and marked outside 
"Effects".

I am,

Madam,

Your obedient Servant,

 

Mrs. Catherine O'Donnell
22 Hart St.
Deptford
Sunderland

A Paine 2L[ieutenan]t
I/C NO. 1 SECTION
Officer-in-Charge of Records
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