David to May May 24th 1917
I am enclosing Hebblethwaite’s reply to my letter. He gives no further information and doesn’t appear to have been near Bert at the time.
Bert must have done awfully well to get as far as he did.
I am sorry I am able to get no more than this.
I do wish I were near you and able to do things for you.
20th May 1917
I am in receipt of your letter of the 15th instant re Pte H.G. Muggridge and am afraid I can only repeat my statement to his mother viz – that he was killed in the German Lines and three or four men in his platoon say that they saw him lying dead. As you probably know he was a personal friend of mine and therefore you can imagine I have made all possible enquiries and am afraid I cannot tell you anything further.
(Sgd.) R S Hebblethwaite