Letters from the Front

Private William Scott Kennedy

Letter about death of Lance Corporal David Cowie at Vimy Ridge

Private Letter

Tuesday, April 17, 1917

Transcribed by: Kim MacKenzie

Letter received to Agnes McKenzie of Pipestone, Manitoba, sister of Lance Corporal David Cowie who was born in Forfar, Scotland but of Pipestone, Manitoba. He was with the 78 Winnipeg Grenadiers and was killed April 9, 1917 at Vimy Ridge at the age of 25. Scott Kennedy was also from Pipestone and he too was killed in November of 1917. In later years his niece, Gertrude Mitchell married the nephew of David Cowie, Alex McKenzie, who were my in-laws that is how we are in possession of the letter. 

France 17/4/17
Dear Friend,
You will no doubt have received the sad news of your brother's death before this. I am writing these few lines to assure you that you have the deepest sympathy of his many friends and comrades.  
Dave was heading his section in the attack on Easter Monday, when an enemy's bullet found him. Our Major and Captain were also killed or you would no doubt have heard from them. Your brother was recognized as one of the best soldiers in the battalion and a better friend one could not find. We all miss him sorely and sympathize with you in your sorrow. I feel very sorry for your mother and hope she is able to take the news bravely. I have also written her a few lines.
Trusting this finds you enjoying good health, I beg to remain,
Yours Sincerely,
Scott Kennedy 

Private William Scott Kennedy was also of the 78 Winnipeg Grenadiers.