[Published in the newspaper The Ladysmith Chronicle, May 22, 1917]
Killed by Machine Gun Bullet.
A letter just received by Mr. W. Appleby, of Victoria, tells how his son, Pte. William Appleby, formerly of Ladysmith, met his death. It was written by the young soldier’s commanding officer, Lieut. D.K. Briggs, who says: “As you have heard long ere this your son gave up his life helping to gain the action of April 9, and I feel you would like to know any particulars it is in my power to give. Your son was killed instantly by a machine gun bullet through the head while taking part in the advance. He was buried near the village of Thelus. He was one of our best soldiers, always willing and cheerful, and he will always be remembered by us. His death is keenly felt by his comrades and officers. You have the heartfelt sympathy of all ranks of the company.” Pte Appleby left Victoria with the 103rd battalion and was transferred later to “Tobin’s Tigers.”