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"Lord Kitchener expresses his sympathy" - standard?


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Lt Henry Digby Wallis, 3rd Coldstream Guards, was killed at St Julien on 21st October 1914. The telegram to his father, on 25th, reads:

"Deeply Regret to inform you (pre-printed wording in italics) that Lt H D Wallis Coldstream Guards has been killed in action. Lord Kitchener expresses his sympathy."

Is that last bit 'standard' fluff at this stage in the war (or for Guards casualties at this stage in the war) or does it suggest KK knew him or his family and actually did 'express his sympathy' ?

Has anyone seen this sentence in a notification telegram before?

Thanks

James

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I've read accounts of these being sent out to the families of those killed.

Presumably only until Lord Kitchener himself died?

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Ah, OK - thanks to you both for clarifying that.

Thought I'd found another interesting avenue to explore!!!

James

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My great uncle, a lieutenant in the RAMC, was killed by a shell on 26 October 1914. The War Office Telegraph to his father ends with "Lord Kitchener Expresses his Sympathy".

JP

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Thanks, JP - yes, it seems it was a standard comment on everybody's telegram, until K was drowned anyway.

I guess the recipients wouldn't necessarily realise it was on everyone's telegram, so I guess it would be a little comforting to think K had been personally advised of your son's death.

James

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This extract is from my relatives notification dated May 1917.

Alan.

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