The circumstances of Williamís death were described in a letter, dated 7 November 1942, to
Rosina from his commanding officer, Major H K Roseveare
(whose family have Quethiock origins) of the
You will, of
course, by now have been notified by the War Office of your husbandís death
as a result of a motor accident on October 27th. I cannot tell your how
deeply we, the officers and men, feel for you and your two little children
in this tragic loss.
driving by himself in a Studebaker lorry in convoy and seems to have
misjudged a bend on the road built half way up a mountainside. He went over
into the river below. Death was due to multiple fractures of the skull - he
cannot have known a secondís pain and the doctor who certified the cause of
his death assures me that he cannot have known what happened. I went up to
the spot immediately - it happened about 3 in the afternoon, and when we
recovered his body we brought him back to this HQ and buried him the next
morning. One of his mates, Sapper Arrowsmith made
him his last resting place and is carving a beautifully done cross.
All this, I
know, must reopen the wound, but I felt you would like to know what little
I can tell you. He died for his country and to help our allies as surely as
if it had been in battle - and we are all proud of him. He was buried,
honoured by all his mates, at 10:30 in the morning and our thoughts were
with you then - as they are now. I thought of Trebartha
as I knew it last and of North End (sic - should be Hill) church and
imagined him buried there in spirit.
If there is
the slightest that I can do, you have only to ask. I am sending home to you
anything of sentimental value and everything else will be sold here by
auction and the results sent on to you.
sympathy of us all comes with this,
H K Roseveare, Major