Brittain, Vera, Diary, 27 December 1915

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Diary of Vera Brittain

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Case Study: 
From Youth to Experience: Vera Brittain’s Work for Peace in Two World Wars
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Brittain, Vera
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diary
Date: 
27 December 1915
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McMaster University Libraries
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Vera Brittain estate; McMaster University has a non-exclusive licence to publish this document.

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Received Jan. 2nd 1916.
Dec. 27th 1915
1/3rd South Midland Field
Ambulance
48th Division
B.E.F.
My dear Mrs. Leighton,
I expect you have already received the sad news of the death of your son Roland. He was wounded on the morning of the 23rd at 1.30 am, and later in the morning was brought to the Clearing Station, where he underwent a severe operation. He was shot through the stomach, and his chances of recovery were very remote. Poor dear lad, I gave him Extreme Unction immediately after the operation and visited him twice in the afternoon, when he was gradually recovering consciousness. He made an act of contrition with me, and I gave him absolution. That was about 4.30 in the afternoon. I intended giving him Communion later on, as the Doctors said he might last for 48 hours - but he died about 11 pm, after a very gallant fight - a good brave soldier.
I buried him yesterday (Sunday) after-noon in a little village cemetery (Louvencourt) and his colonel attended the service in the Church and at the graveside.
I know how great your grief must be at this terrible loss, and I trust God will give you his sweet consolations in this your day of trial.
Believe me
Yours in deepest sympathy
Father A.B. Purdie. C.F.
If you have a spare photo of your boy I should be very glad if you would let me have it.
A.B. Purdie