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Date: September 19th 1916
Mrs. Louisa Walton
William H. Walker

[Published in The Clinton News Record newspaper on October 19th, 1916]

“Dicky” Walton Died Bravely.

The following letter was received from Pte. Wm. H. Walker of the scout section of the 4th C.M.R. Battalion, in France, by Mrs. B. Walton relating to the death of her son, R.D. Walton, who was killed in an action in an attack on the enemies’ trench on Sept. 15th:

“Boulogne, France, Sept. 19th.
“Dear Mrs. Walton,– It was with the most sincere regret that we learned of your son's death after the attack on the enemies' trench last Friday night and we hasten to send our most heartfelt sympathy to you in your bereavement. Before going into the trenches Friday evening he told some of the boys that he hated going up as he knew he would get wounded or worse still, killed. With that feeling still clinging to him he did not hesitate for one moment when the order was given to go over and was right in his place. He had hardly been over the parapet a minute when he was shot through the lung and died one hour afterwards. From what I can learn he died peacefully and was conscious to the last. Even when he knew he could not pull through he stood it calmly, like the man he always was, and died a hero. It is impossible for me, Mrs. Walton, to tell you in words how all his chums feel over the death of one of our best soldiers, and especially his old chums from Clinton. He was liked by everyone in the battalion and will be missed as hardly anyone else would be, owing to his cheerful and happy disposition. He lies in a little cemetery not far from the town of Albert and I can assure you his grave will be well looked after. If there is anything I can do for you or anything you would like me to find out for you please let me know as it will be a favour to me. Rest assured that Dicky died bravely with his face to the foe and his death will not go unavenged. He shall remain in our memory as an ideal soldier and a national hero. Hoping that you will let me know if you would like any further particulars and with deepest sympathy to yourself, Mr. Walton and your family.

Yours respectfully,
W.H. Walker."

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