SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th

Just borrowed Div. car and going off to ‘Wipers’ [Ypres] to see Dickie. Found Dickie at Pop [Poperinghe], also had chat with John Hotham. Got back at 12.00 p.m. and found the 14 new officers awaiting me. They mostly come from 4th or 7th Battalions. One has been out before. Three R.C.’s! [Roman Catholics] Have just had a letter from O.C. Durhams saying they have found Atkinson’s body and buried it, and about 40 bodies of men, all of whom they have buried. Will you go and see Mrs. Atkinson, and I will not write till tomorrow. I suppose at the back of my mind there was a feeling of hope about ‘At.’ for the news of his having been found came as a shock. As I have said before, he and Charlie Johnston I feel more than any of them. I have been so closely associated with them for so long, and both were such splendid types of Ulster at its very best. The Battalion will never see their like again. There were no details, but they were all very particular about reading the funeral service.

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