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Typescript of a letter from William H. Davison, Mayor of Kensington, to Ernest Destrubé

Destrubé family
Page contains a typescript of a letter from William H. Davison, Mayor of Kensington, to Ernest Destrubé, dated 10 April 1917. Davison writes to return copies of the letters of Paul Destrubé, sent to him by Ernest following the deaths of Guy and Paul at Miraumount, France on February 17, 1917.
Destrubé family; World War, 1914-1918; Canada--History, Military
Destrubé family fonds
[start page] Mayor's Parlour, Town Hall, Kensington W.8. 10th April 1917. Dear Mr. Destrubé. I beg to return herewith the copies of your son Paul's letters from November 1915 to February 1917, which give such an interesting and graphic account of the experiences both in training at home and before the enemy of a private soldier of education in the present tremendous war. My Secretary has, with your kind permission, made a copy of them, so I need not retain the copy you so kindly sent. I think you will be interested and gratified with the opening words of a letter which I received this morning from Col. Barker. He says: "Thanks for your letter. Enclosed is a further list of honours I think now with our V.C. the 22nd. have individually and collectively proved the good stuff of which they were made. Had the Destrubés and several others lived, they would have got the D.C.M." Again expressing the hope that the splendid record which your two sons left behind them may be some consolation to you in your grief, I beg to remain, very faithfully yours, (signed) William R. Davison. Mayor of Kensington Raiser of the 22nd Bat. R. F. E. Destrubé Esqu. 141 Adelaide Road. N.W.S. [end page]