Soldier is praised for heroic deed
Mrs. I. Hore, Dunsford, has just received a letter from the commanding officer of the unit with which her son, Tpr. R. E. Hore, was serving at the time he met his death as the result of a fatal motor truck accident.
The officer praised not only Tpr. Hore, but his companions who also lost their lives in the same accident, trying to spare those of two small children who would otherwise almost certainly have been killed or badly maimed.
The text of the letter is published below:
Dear Mrs. Hore:
It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of your son, Tpr. R.E. Hore, who was killed in an accident on December 31, '44. He was with three other men in a truck which swerved to avoid two small children. The truck skidded and turned over into a ditch, killing all four men.
It was a tragedy, but I am sure the men thought only of the children and not of themselves.
Your son was a member of ‘C' Squadron and I can assure you that he will be greatly missed by his comrades, as he was always cheerful and a real soldiers. He did all jobs willingly and well.
I hope this letter will comfort you in some small way. I would like to extend to you my deepest sympathy in your great loss and if I can be of any service to you at any time, please let me know and I will do everything possible.
Signed – Lt. Col. C.A. Baerman