B.E.F. France 9.4.17. "Dear Mr Kerr - Probably by the time this letter reaches you, you will have received the sad news of your son's death in hospital in Egypt. He had been in my Company (B Company) a long time, and I knew him very well, and I may say that he was a great favourite with both officers and men. Although not very strong physically, he went through the whole of the eight months on Gallipoli, and also the trying march from the Suez Canal to El Arish without going sick once - in itself a record, and speaks volumes for his grit. I well remember when we were about to start on the trying desert march last July, I thought your son would probably be better left behind at the base, but he was very anxious to come with the Company. "I should be much happier coming with the Company and cooking for the lads Sir," he said, and so he came along with us. You have every reason to be extremely proud of him. He was a noble lad and showed a splendid example to others in the Company under very trying conditions on several occasions. I never remember hearing him grumble, whatever the difficult or trying nature of the job on hand, and I knew that I could always rely upon him to do his share to the upmost of his ability. We were very sorry to have to leave him behind in Egypt when we came to France, and are all more grieved than we can say at his untimely death, and on behalf of B Company's Officer, NCO's and men, I extend you our deepest sympathy in your sad trouble. You have lost a good son, and we a good, true and trusted comrade, but we can all remember him as a splendid example of an Englishman, full of grit and spirit, and cheerfulness, and I repeat, you have every cause to be very proud of him indeed. I hand you a copy of the burial certificate, and a letter, and should you desire any further information regarding your son, I shall only be too glad to be of service to you".