A poignant letter penned by a tragic British officer to his mother 'in the event of his death' weeks before he was killed on the battlefield has been unearthed 106 years on.
Lieutenant Frank Stuart Shoosmith, of the 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, kept her abreast of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
He does not hide the horrors he witnessed as casualty numbers spiralled on the Allied side into the hundreds of thousands.
In one heartbreaking passage, he tells his mother to 'take care' of his partner Ivy and 'help her to forget me'. Not long after, he was shot through the head while moving along the trench and killed on the spot.
The book of his letters is being sold alongside a watchstrap containing Lt Shoosmith's photo his mother wore in his memory with C & T Auctions, of Ashford, Kent. « less