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William Calvert

Royal Field Artillery.

Killed in Action on the Somme 1916, aged 30

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Calvert gravestone

From the 'Whitehaven News' of 24 August 1916:


Information has been received of the death in action of Bombardier William Calvert R.F.A., son of the late Mr. William and Mrs. Ann Calvert formerly of Town Head, Sandwith, and husband of Mrs. Barbara Calvert, of Ingrow, Yorkshire. The deceased, who was 30 years of age, was killed in action on the 4th inst.

Bombardier Calvert's mother has received the following letter:

Dear Mrs. Calvert,

I am very much grieved to have to inform you that your son, Bombadier W. Calvert 40820 U Battery, R.F.A. was killed by shellfire on the 4th August. He was a first-class man and, his officers say, one who cannot be replaced. He was a very gallant fellow, and we all feel for you deeply in your terrible loss. The burial service was read over him in a little cemetery in the area of the 'Great Offensive' last night May God grant him rest and eternal peace in Him.

With my deepest sympathy, & c,

O.G.O. Cavalier, chaplain, 52nd. Field Ambulance.

P.S. - You will like to know that a cross is being made and will be placed over his grave.