Robert Wass


Undated post card probably April 1918

Transcription by Peter Armitage

Driver R Wass  3rd Section  WRDAC
     British Expeditionary Force


Dear Wife,
    I am going on alright.  I hope you and the children
    are the same.  I have not received a letter from you
    nor a parcel.  I am living as well as can be expected
    with the French people.  It's a beautiful country
    over here and nice people the French seem to be.
    Just remember me to mother and dad and ask her
    about the spice loaf.    When you drop me a line,
    just say whether the children ask about me;  I
    dare say they will.  I think that is all this time.
    From your loving husband Robert xxx


Letter dated 26th May 1918, his last letter 16 days before he was killed

Transcription by Peter Armitage


May 26th 1918


My dear Jessie,
I received your kind and welcome letter and was pleased
to hear all was well, as it leaves me the same.  You say
Willie Bell has got about better of his wound. 

I am pleased to hear it.  I am sure I had forgot it was
your birthday.  I was thinking it was in June.  You say
my mother is having our Elsie now. Well it will be a little
company for them.  I think this is all this time. 

I will now close.
With the best of love from your loving husband
     Robert xxxxxxx





A letter dated 17th June 1918 from G W Withers regarding the death of, Robert Wass


Transcription by Peter Armitage

17th June 1918


Dear Mrs Wass,


I regret to say that I had the sad work of
burying Gunner R Wass,  795171, D/160 Brigade, Royal
Field Artillery, on Monday last.   He was killed by a shell
while he was doing his duty by the guns.  He has not been
very long with this particular brigade I believe.  I regret
to say that I have not come into personal touch with him
as I should have liked to have done.   But let me say how
very suddeness of it must be a shock too terrible to think of.   We hope that for our brave men, it means rest and
peace, and deliverance from the life which they have so
patiently borne here.   So the saddest part is for those who
stay behind to mourne the loss of those whom they love.
May God help you to really hold on to your faith through
this time of darkness and of the shadow of death, till the
day breaks and the shadows flee away.  It may be
comforting to follow in thought, your dear husband,
to that other land, and to know what our religion
teaches us about them, and how our prayers can still
help them, and so I enclose a little leaflet about it.
When you have read it, pass it on to some other
friend who is in the same sad plight as yourself.


Yours sincerely,
with every sympathy,


G.W.Withers    CC



a letter dated 22nd June 1918 from H E Baker, regarding the death, Robert Wass


Transcription by Peter Armitage

To Mrs Wass
Heeley, Sheffield


Dear Madam,
                                 I am in receipt of your letter dated the 19th inst,
     and in reply, it is with deep regret that I have to inform you
     that your husband (no 795171  Gnr. R. Wass) was killed by an
     enemy shell on the morning of June 11th.  We were in action
     at the time, and I personally saw him after he was hit.
     Death followed shortly after he was hit.
     Gnr Wass is sadly missed by his comrades, and on behalf of
     them and myself, I render you our sincere sympathies in your


Yours respectfully,


H.E.Baker  Capt.


( ? )  D/160  RFA



Robert and Jessie's Children

L-R  Elsie, Irene, Thelma(front),

Betty(rear)(mother of Peter Armitage) c1920

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