A British WWI officer's letter saying he would rather 'die a man's death than feel I had failed'.

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Pictured: Captain Walter Cornock's diaries. <br />
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A stoic letter from a British World War One officer saying he would rather 'die a man's death than feel I had failed' has come to light 104 years on.<br />
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Captain Walter Cornock, of the 12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, distinguished himself during the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917 and the 1918 German Spring Offensive.<br />
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The correspondence to his father, also named Walter, reveals how he was driven by an enormous sense of duty and was prepared to sacrifice his life for his country.<br />
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The 25 year old, from Gloucester, said this was preferable to taking 'cowardly advantage' of a situation and surviving, adding that people are 'unnecessarily afraid of death'.