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KILLED NEAR LE QUESNOY.

i DEATH OE A GISBORNE SOLDIER Tlie last mail brought a copy of the Shetland Times of January 11, which gives the following particulars of the death of Private Matthew Williamson, of tlie First Wellington Infantry,, who prior to enlistment with the 14th Reinforcements, was resident at Tamarau, Gisborne. The paper states : — "Dear Mr. Williamson. — Quartermas-ter-Sergeant of my company has just handed on your letter to me to answer, re Matthew's death. Poor old Mat. was killed on the morning of the 4th. November, whilst walking along beside me at a place called Jolmitz, near Le Quesnoy, He was sniped through the right side. The poor chap only lived a minute, and died in the Sergt.-Major's and my arms. In consoling -with yon in your gVeat loss, I would like to say that Mat. was easily the most popular and best-liked man in the company, and his, loss was a grievous one to us all. As for myself, personally, Mat. was ono of my strong men, and I had him on my | personal Company Headquarters Staff, j and that is how he Oame to be with j me when he was hit. The things I have known him do for the boys would astound you;, you kno-rt"". of course, he won the Military Medal. The day he was killed our battalion did some gpod work, and my company did wonderfully well,, but Mat.'s death robbed it of all the pleasures^ and that night when all was over,, we were a very silent crowd. Please cdiivey to his relatives my sincerest sympathy, and. that of his coml'ades. — Yours sincerely, B. WHITE, Capt. P.S. I forgot to say that Mat. was buried in the cemetery at Le Quesnoy, on sth November, and ■a- cross erected over his grave. All the boys attended the funeral." Matthew Williamson was a son of : Mr. and Mrs. Peter Williamson, •who along -with their family left Ollaberry for New Zealand some years before the- war broke out. Matthew was home in Shetland' On leave last Ne**. TearY season, and visited his friends .at Ollaberry and Lerwiclc. , One of his brothers died on active, service about a year ago. and 'his two other brothers are with the colors. Matthew was a nephew of Mr.- Christopher Williamson, Alder Lodge. Lerwick. ;i . i .. , . ,i, ji iiiijj!

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KILLED NEAR LE QUESNOY., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14868, 22 March 1919

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KILLED NEAR LE QUESNOY. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14868, 22 March 1919

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