Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 129
[Sylvester Francis Burrows, No 2574, an engine driver from Mittagong, NSW, joined the Army on 19 July 1915 at age 35. He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915 with the 18th infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements. He served at Gallipoli and with the 3rd Battalion in France where he was killed on 5 November 1916.
This letter, referring to his death, is written by Sergeant John William Nunn, No 2756, 3rd Battalion.]
Somewhere in France
My dear Mrs Burrows.
As Sergeant of the platoon of which your husband was a member, I wish on behalf of the men to express their deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your husband.
I wish also to express the deep regret that is felt by all the men of the platoon, at losing a friend, who was both a soldier and a man.
He was a grand soldier and a good comrade. He had greater experience than most of us, as a soldier, and used his experience to help & cheer the younger men with us.
Concerning his death, he was killed almost instantaneous by concushion from a shell which burst where he was lying, so suffered no pain.
Hoping God will help you to endure your loss, and that you will remember he did his best – He died for his friends,
Yours in Sympathy
J. W. Nunn Sgt.