This letter from Clifford’s friend ironically speaks of Clifford’s watch which would have been the one that his brother James gave him to keep just before he was killed.
Dear Mrs. Bowes,
I am sorry to inform you of your son Clifford’s death which occurred a few days ago. He was killed in action. As Cliff and I have been on intimate terms for some time, I thought it my duty to write to you. He was greatly liked by all his comrades and we were greatly grieved at his death.
The night before he went into action, he gave me his watch to take care of for him. I am sending you his watch the first opportunity I get where I can register it and post it which I doubt won’t be many days. Would you kindly let me know if you received it safe and sound? If there are any particulars which you would care to know, I should be very pleased to send them on to you.
George Webb 622594