November 2nd, 1916.
Dear Mr. Hogarth, -
Will you kindly accept my sincere sympathy and condolence in the decease of that worthy citizen and heroic soldier, your son, Private John Gordon Hogarth.
While one cannot too deeply mourn the loss of such a brave comrade, there is a consolation in knowing that he did his duty fearlessly and well, and gave his life for the cause of liberty and the upbuilding of the Empire.
Again extending to you my heartfelt sympathy.
Lieutenant-General, Minister of Militia and Defence, for Canada.
Stephen J. Hogarth, Esq., Exeter, Ontario.