Frederick Elmer.

From a local newspaper dated  17/8/17 -  The late Sergeant F. Elmer.  

The relatives of Sergeant F. Elmer, a native of Gt. Staughton, whose death was reported last week, have received an official notice from the War Office that he was killed in action on July the 31st. His age was 24. A message of sympathy from the King and Queen has been received, and also the following letter from the House Steward, of Henry III Tower, Windsor Castle: - Dear Mr. Elmer, - Thanks for telegram. I deeply regret to inform you that one of the King's men has heard from his son who was in the same Company that Fred was shot through the head, there for death was instantaneous. I need not mentioned you, as I think you already know, that your brother was a great favorite with us all, from the princess downwards, consequently we all feel his death very much, and I can assure you that everyone in the house who knows him are weeping bitterly this morning, but we all feel glad that it was instant death, and he has died a noble death fighting for his country. He did not wait to be called up, but placed his services at his country as soon as war was declared and went through all the rough of it in the early days and rose to be a Sergeant. It is indeed hard for him to have been taken away now after having been wounded three times already. He was indeed an example to us all by his upright and steadfast manner, and I am sure he has died the death he would have wished for. I will now conclude with my deepest sympathy to all your family. - Yours very truly, A. Kennedy. 

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From a local newspaper dated  10/8/17   We regret to recall the death in action in France of Sergeant Fred Elmer, Royal Berkshire Regiment, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Elmer, The Green, Great Staughton, and brother of Mrs. G. Mitchell, St. Mary's Street, Eynesbury and Mrs. Bruce of Great Staughton. No official information has yet been received, but his brother, Percy, received a letter from a Private in the deceased so company, the seventh August informing him that sergeant Elmer was shot through the head whilst leading his section, death being instantaneous. Sergeant Elmer joined the Army on the outbreak of war, at which time he was employed as a Footman to Prince Alexander of Teck at Windsor castle. He had been wounded three times.

He is remembered on panel 45 of the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium as a Lance Sergeant in the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

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