Winchelsea, Sept 27
Dear Mrs Johns,-
I want to tell you how much we all sympathise with you and your family in your sad bereavement.
The news came to us yesterday afternoon, and the children felt it so deeply, as Earl was a favorite with them all. They also spoke of George and Edith and how sorry they felt for them.
Just the day before we had been planning to send the boys boxes of good things for Christmas and the children say it will not seem the same sending them now that Earl is gone.
But we are very proud of Earl, and very grateful. We feel that he has given his life to save us from the horror and shame that comes to a conquered people, and if he had lived to be an old man in a time of peace he could not have done so much in all the years of a long life, as he has done in his short life, for his country and for the world.
And though your sorrow and lonliness must be greater than we can realize, yet I'm sure it is a comfort to remember what a good clean, kind lad he always was, and to feel that though you cannot see him again in this life that all is well with him.
Tell Edith and George and Lloyd and Addie how sorry I feel for them all, and may God who has taken your boy to be with Him, comfort you all.