Mexborough times, October 23, 1915
Private William Bell, Denaby.
Mrs W Bell, of 70, Annerley Street, Denaby main, has been officially informed that her husband. Private W Bell, was severely wounded during recent operations around Loos. She has also received the following letter from the base hospital in France.
“My dear wife,
I do not know if you have already heard that I am wounded. I was brought into this hospital last night. My wound is right through the lower part of my body, and is giving me great pain. The bullet was taken out of the clearing hospital, before I came here. When I was wounded I lay out for two days before they picked me up, and I only got dew off the grass which I collected on my looking glass.
Will you sent me the paper (Mexborough, Swinton times), I should like to hear news of you soon, so write to me at this hospital. Give my love and kisses to each of the children. I do not know if any of my mates were hit. I knew nothing after I was in myself, so, let me know if you hear of any of them being killed or wounded.
My best love to you and do not worry too much about me.”