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Rfn Samuel Cassells
Letter of sympathy
The Belfast Telegraph on the 30th March 1916 reported the death on 20th March 1916 of 17/1032 Rifleman Samuel Cassells 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles who died from wounds received in action. Deceased who had just passed his 20th birthday was shot through the head and succumbed two days later. The Rev. D. R. Mitchell (Presbyterian Chaplin) in the course of a letter of sympathy, says - 'Your son was unconscious all the time and passed peacefully away in hospital without any suffering. We buried him with full military honours in a little cemetery for British soldiers, placed at our disposal by the French Government. Being a good distance from the trenches, the C.O. of the Field Ambulance arranged a nice funeral. The band went in playing most beautifully. Then came the carriage drawn by a pair of horses. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack and pall bearers marched on either side. The Doctor and I were the chief mourners and then followed by three detachments of soldiers drawn from the R.A.M.C., Artillery and Dragoons. The commandant of the town was also present and saw everything was done in the best possible way. I conducted the graveside service and afterwards the buglers sounded the 'Last Post'. Also published in the Belfast Telegraph was an obituary from Samuel's family. It read "For King and Country". "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".