In these poignant words Miss Ada Higginbottom, 38, Wakefield Road, Stalybridge, tries to give assurance to her grief at the news of her sweethearts death, which occurred whilst he was fighting bravely with the Ashton Territorials. They were deeply attached to each other. Sergeant JAMES TAYLOR, whose home was at 39, Layard Street, Ashton, was 22 years of age. He worked for Messrs. Kershaw's mill at a twiner and had been in the Territorials about four years. His enthusiasm and smartness earned him promotion to Sergeant before the battalion left for Bury. Possessed of a strong, healthy character, he was immensely popular. He was a Sunday school teacher at the Gatefield School, and a member of the Gatefield Male Voice Choir. Although no official intimation has yet been received of his death, several letters confirm it entirely. Poor Sergeant LOMAS, whose death we reported last week, referred to Sergeant TAYLOR'S death in his last letter, but ample confirmation is to be found in a letter received by Miss Higginbottom from his brother Sergeants which reads - "Dear Miss Higginbottom, It is with painful regret that I have to inform you of the death of your fiance, Sergeant J. TAYLOR. It was on the morning of July 12th the sad event took place. I cannot express in words to you how deeply we mourn your loss of so a dear a comrade, and it will be some little consolation to know that he died serving his King and country like a true British hero. He was shot through the head by a bullet whilst carrying out his duties of an N.C.O. His death was practically instantaneous, and I can assure you he had no pain. He was laid peacefully to rest in a quiet spot, close to the beach, along with many other Lancashire lads. His loss is deeply regretted by all ranks of his Company. Please accept this as a token of our deepest sympathy. From his brother Sergeants, Company Sergeant Major CHADDERTON, Sergeant HARRY GRANTHAM, Sergeant JAMES SETON, Sergeant W. HAWKINS, Sergeant A. SCOTT, Sergeant A. SMITH, 1/9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment". Sergeant A. SMITH, in a letter to his wife, who resides in Union Street, Ashton, gives further details of the death of Sergeant TAYLOR, and also he describes how he himself was slightly wounded. He says - "I received your welcome letter on the 13th, along with three others and the Reporter. I am pleased to hear you are keeping all right. I have a little news to tell you, but it is nothing to worry about. Sergeant GRANTHAM sent word to his mother, and I knew if she told you and I never mentioned it you would be upsetting yourself about it. The other day, while in a redoubt trench, an attack was going to be made on the Turks. Our artillery was shelling them very heavily, and I was struck on the head by a piece of shell. It was not so bad, and I was able to go down to the dressing station, and then resume my duties again. I shall be all right in a day or two, as it has only left me a little top heavy. Had it been bad I should have been taken away, but I still continue to resume my ordinary duties, so don't upset yourself. I am now decorated with a plaster cross, so if I get nothing worse, I shall take no harm. I am feeling worse from being overworked and short of rest, than I am from the wound. I have some very sad news to tell you. Sergeant TAYLOR had the misfortune to get shot through the head with a bullet. I bandaged him the best way I could. We had an awful struggle with him, as he was fighting against death and we had not much room to move in. I am very sorry to inform you that he passed away after he was taken out of the trenches. He was a good soldier, and always willing to do anything he was asked. In him I have lost a good friend. My sympathies go to his sweetheart, who I am sure, will scarcely realise it, but I do hope she will have the strength to bear up in her time of great trouble. My sympathies are also extended to his sister, with whom he lived, also his three brothers, for in JIM they have lost a brother second to none. He used to tell me of the times he would have when he got home, and he would not be long before he married when he had finished, and also what a meeting it would be when all four brothers met again with their medals. He was looking forward to a good time but all hopes are shattered. Now it is joy turned into sorrow. He used to speak a good deal about Ada, and longed to see her once again. I miss him just like a brother. He was just in the act of firing at the Turkish trench, and just as he pressed the trigger he fell back and shouted "Oh my head". I did my best for him, so did others who had him in hand, but it is great odds against you if you get hit in the head. I hope we lose no more, as it is heart rendering to hear them. It just shows you one minute you are up and the next minute you are down." Sergeant TAYLOR has two brothers in the Army, Drummer WILLIAM TAYLOR is in France with the 1st King's Own, and Lance Corporal WALTER TAYLOR is in India with the Prince of Wales, Yorkshire Regiment. His brother-in-law, Dr. J. HAMPTON is in France with the Army Service Corps.