Capt. Hugh Sidgwick (RGA)
Today I should have been concentrating on the start of a new school year, but the most calamitous news came to me from Mrs Sidgwick. Hugh has been killed.
At this time, I feel able only to share with you my response to his mother:
My dear Mrs Sidgwick,
No words can express my sorrow and feeling of personal loss – it is too too cruel a fate – such a glorious intellect & so noble a character, with so splendid a future before him.
There must be some future reunion with these noble souls – or we all are in the hands of a fiendish force which drives us & jibes at our hopes – I have just told the boys of the severest loss we have yet suffered. With the exception of Frank (& that possibly because I have seen more of him) Hugh was of all my old boys the best beloved and most proudly looked upon by me – and this does not express
my very deep feeling of sympathy with you & Frank & his sisters. His father is I hope spared the full knowledge of the loss he has suffered, but I do mourn with you all and sympathise most deeply.
His old Skipper
Hugh’s father’s illness renders it unlikely that the family will share this news with him.
2 thoughts on “September 19th 1917”
Beautiful letter to Mrs Sidgwick.