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Mrs Owtram's Letters from soldiers and their relatives, First World War.

Letter to Mrs Owtram from Jane Monks, 9 Dale Street, Lancaster concerning
Corporal Frederick Victor Monks, number 2153 (later 240529), 1st/5th Battalion, King’s Own. Wounded on 14 Aug 1916 when a bullet struck his steel helmet, his death is recorded on the 15th August. He worked at the Phoenix Foundry and lived at Dale Street, Lancaster. He was one of the ‘Gallant 200’ who volunteered for service in early September 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

9 Dale Street, Lancaster
17 Sep 1916
Mrs Owtram, Newlands Hall.
Dear Madam,
Many thanks for your kind letter of sympathy in my sad loss and also of my son Fred.
I got a letter from a friend of my son’s to say that he was seriously wounded in the head on the 14th of August and was taken to a dressing station. Several of my friends have tried to get further information for me, but have not been successful until Captain Roper wrote and he got a letter back from Captain Eaves saying he was in hospital and alive when his letter left the front.
I then received a letter from the record office saying he was wounded but place not stated. I have not heard anything since, I am very anxious about him. I should be glad if your son would be able to send me any news of him.
There are all kinds of reports this week. I heard he was killed I think I ought to know something more definite from the War Office. I enclose his full name and number so that your son may recognise if he was his servant. Again thanking you for your kind inquiries I remain
Yours sincerely
Jane Monks
Corporal F V Monks, The 5th King’s Own, Number 2153
Wounded on the 14 Aug 1916.

Accession Number: KO2490/123


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