Writing to his wife, Mrs. Helen Elmer, Robinson Street South, Pte. C.H. "Bud" Elmer, serving somewhere in the European theatre, gives particulars as to the death in action on Sept. 16th last of Pte. Ralph "Bud" Byford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Byford, Adelaide Street. Pte. Elmer, writes as follows:
"I guess I can be safe in telling you what actually happened to Ralph Byford. I knew Bendig very well too. Him and Ralph were always together. What happened was this. They were riding with 20 other boys on a T.C.V. (troop carrying vehicle) and they were crossing the Leopold Canal and Jerry was shelling it, trying to knock out the bridge. They just got nicely across when a high explosive shell lit beside the truck, killing Ralph and Bendig and two other boys. There were also 16 others wounded on the same vehicle. They were killed instantly, I think mostly from concussion because they were not badly cut. They are buried near a place called Eclvo. I hope that will relieve their minds as to what actually happened."