Source for above image and text: Marika Pirie
Friend and sniping partner to Corporal Richard Norman Siddle, 54309, he perished during The Battle of Fler-Courcelette. Hear his letter to Private Crookshanks’ parents by listening to CBC’s Letters from the Front. It is valuable to listen to the entire show but the letter specific to this soldier is at the 28 minutes and 30 seconds.
Text of Letter:
October, France 
Dear Mrs. and Mr. Crookshanks,
I have very sad news to tell you. Your son was killed in action on the 14th of September and all the snipers send their deepest sympathy to you. You son died a soldier of the Cross and a man and he was well loved in the Battalion. Your son and I were snipers together ever since we landed in France and I miss him more than anybody else in the Battalion.
They couldn’t fetch your son’s body out as the gun fire was too heavy so they buried him where he was killed. We took off his ring and some of his personal effects to send you. I hope you receive them safely.
I hope this dreadful war will soon be over. I again send you my deepest sympathy.
Corporal R.N. Siddle