Source: Service record of Pte. George Knight, reg. no. 54163.
Friends with Bertrand, Percy: Service no. 195821 (Military Medal). He wrote the letter below shortly after Sergeant Bertrand’s death to his wife detailing the circumstances of the death.
Mrs. Percy Bertrand 502 [G]eorge street [P]eterboro has received the following letter from Corp. Harry Tanner concerning the death of her husband who was killed on [A]ug 28, 1918.
[A]ug. 31, 1918
Mrs. Percy Bertrand
Dear friend I must tell you some very sad news as [I] expect you have already heard about your husband being killed and [I] certainly feel very sorry for you all as he always was such a good fellow and to me he was the best chum [i] ever had really [i] thought as much of him as my own brother[.] We got into a very hard fight and he was killed not more than ten feet from me. [I] wasn’t near him as both of us were corporals and we had to look after our Platoon but he had one of the boys he knew well with him[.] [Y]our husband told him to give all he belongings to me and to send them to his dear wife and mother[.] He lived for about 15-mintues after he was hit[.] [H]e was shot through both lungs so he did not suffer long and [I] hope and pray that he is better off in that great home beyond where there are no sorrows or trials[.] [I] will send all his photos and his flute military medal ribbons and a few letters which he had in his pockets. [I]n his purse is a dollar bill which he had carried in his pocket ever since he came out. [I] must close now hoping that [G] will be with you all and comfort you in your great sorrow as [H]e has been most merciful to me and [I] never shall forget my chum. [I] remain your sincere friend.
Corp. Harry Tanner. No. 195222. 18th Battalion, France
P.S. if there is anything you would like done to his grave [I] will try and find it if [I] am near that part of the line.