Killed - Pte. James Diamond & Pte. Robert McKegg

Killed - Pte. James Diamond & Pte. Robert McKegg

Postby kerchi » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:00 pm


Mr. and Mrs. Diamond, Lonsdale-street, have received the following letter from the Rev. A. J.W. Crosse, Chaplain dated July 11th:-

“It grieves me to have to write and tell you that your brave boy was wounded badly in the great attack last week and died shortly after in hospital. I buried him myself, quite close to where his Colonel lies. I do not think he suffered much at the end. He was very brave all through. God will help you in your sorrow. You may well be proud of such a son. – Yours in true sympathy.”

“P.S. – We have put up a little cross to your son’s memory.”

Private James Diamond was only 23 years of age, and a great favourite of all who knew him.

On Tuesday Mrs. McKegg, of John-street, received a letter saying her son, Private Robert McKegg, had been wounded on July 1st. It was stated that the wound was not serious – in fact it was a “nice, blighty” one – and that he would soon be home. Yesterday, however, a letter was received from the Chaplain of the Regiment to the effect that Private McKegg had been killed in action. Naturally Mr. and Mrs. McKegg are in an agony of suspense, and are eagerly awaiting further news. Private McKegg, who was 25 years old, was employed by Mr. Ambrose Palmer, and his sunny disposition made him loved by all.

Published 8th July 1917
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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