Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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D L Seath

D L Seath MM

Serjeant S/10333

1st Btn., Cameron Highlanders

Died on Saturday, September 3rd 1916


Cemetery : Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval



Dear Mrs Seath


It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your husband who was killed by a rifle bullet on September 3rd. I was not there when he was killed, but Davie and I being chums so long I made it my duty to write and let you know.


His death was instantaneous, and he was buried in a small cemetery just behind the trenches.


Davie had just been chaffing about going on pass to 'Auld Reekie', little thinking that we were going to part so soon. We had only been talking to his young brother two or three days before it; but I have not had an opportunity of seeing him since.


He was liked and respected by all the Company, and they all join with me in sending you their deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement. Please convey to his other relatives my deepest sympathy in their great loss.


You have lost a good husband and I have lost a dear friend and good comrade.


I remain in deepest sympathy, yours sincerely, R Houston.


Midlothian Advertiser 22nd September 1916