Mrs. Ethel Bearss, Main street west, has received a very fine letter from Capt. Malcolm S. Smith, Adjutant of the Argyl and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, about the death of her son, Pte. Glen Lewis Bearss, who was killed in action in France in August last.
The letter is as follows: -
Dear Mrs. Bearss: Since I knew your son "Joe" extremely well, first in D. Coy, and later as Asst. Adjutant in Headquarters, I feel that I must write, both to offer my most sincere sympathy, and to tell you something of his passing.
He was killed in action at Igoville, France, on about the 27th of August, when riding as motorcyclist with a convoy of vehicles. You have at least the solace of knowing that he died instantly, without mutilation, and in the gallant performance of a necessary and dangerous duty. He was buried, after a simple but touching ceremony, in a little war cemetery about Igoville, together with several of his friends, comrades of this unit who also died there.
It should give you added pride to know that "Joe" was liked and respected by all who knew him, and that he was regarded as the best, most expert, and most courageous Dispatch rider in the battalion. He was a good and trusted friend of mine, and I can thus appreciate to some extent the measure of your loss.
With sincere regards and deep sympathy,
(Capt.) Malcolm S. Smith, Adjutant, A. & S.H. of C.