Angus Maciver, 45 Lower Bayble, Park

Mrs Maciver, 45 Park, Bayble, has received from the regimental chaplain the following letter with regard to her son, Lance-Corpl. Angus Maciver, Seaforth Highlanders, who was reported missing on 3rd May last:
"I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news to you. You must have had a time of great anxiety and suspense, haunted day and night by thoughts of your son and wondering what was his fate. Unfortunately, we now known him to be dead. The ground where he and others were lost on the 3rd May was recently won from the enemy and the troops relieved us have been able to recover and bury about thirteen of our missing men. Of that number, Lance-Corpl. Maciver is one. Your son fell in action near the village of Roeux, east of Arras, and somewhere there he will have been buried. This is very, very sad news for you. Even though you may have often feared that this news would come, it will come as a great shock and a bitter grief to you. Our love will not permit us to take these losses lightly. But I pray that God may strengthen you to bear this trial, and may win you to accept your loss with resignation. The boys face death so bravely that I always feel the sorrowoing friends should bear the sorrow bravely in true memory of the fallen lads. The officers and men of the Battalion wish me to express  their regard for your son and his services. Also their deepest sympathy to you in your great loss".

Lance-Corpl. Maciver, who was 24 years of age, served seven years in the 2nd Seaforths, and came with the Battalion from India to France three years ago. He was wounded in 1914, but was able to rejoin the colours in a few weeks, and came scatheless through much heaving fighting until he was struck down on 3rd May during an attack on the enemy lines. He took part in the first great fight at Fontaine-au-Fire, and Ligny, during the great retreat and greater advance across the Marne and Aisne, and in all the hard fighting at Ploegsteert and at Ypres. He was also in the great attack on the Beaumont-Hamel-Serre position on 1st July 1916.

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