12 Seaside Lane
Dear Friends we received your letter informing us of your sad bereavement at the death of poor Joe which took place under such sad conditions and we send you our deepest sympathy and we pray the great redeemer and human friend will send comfort and solace to your aching hearts and help you to bear up under this terrible blow. We are all born to trouble more or less and we don’t know what we will be called on to face before this terrible war is ended which we hope may come soon.
We have sent your letter to Farrar’s trusting you will accept this poor attempt at sympathising.
Letter from J Chippenham 1916
29 Townley Terrace
June 11, 1916
Your letter to hand, we are very sorry indeed to hear of Joe’s death, I am sure my heart goes out towards you in your sad trouble, try and bear up he died in his country cause.
Mrs. J. Chippenham
To. Mr & Mrs Shorthouse
With great grief we received the sad news of the great loss you have sustained, our hearts ache for you, and your loved ones, our prayers are for you and we pray that God of all comfort will sustain you in this trying hour, and we know that some day we will trace the tenderness and wisdom of what now dark appears, then we shall reap in the joy the golden harvest which now we sow in tears.
Yes in sympathy
F. Berriman sic.