Last letter of Roland Gerard Garvin, 20 July 1916


Perhaps the most poignant of all tasks undertaken by serving men was the composition of what might become their last letter, often prepared the day before a big attack or heading to the Front. Here is the last letter of Roland Garvin, the son of James Louis Garvin, the noted editor of The Observer and proponent of strong leadership during the war. Roland was killed on the Somme in 1916: the loss haunted James, affecting his editorials for the paper, and caused him to press for an enlightened peace settlement.

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Garvin Papers. Letters to James Louis Garvin from Roland Gerard Garvin; March-July 1916, n.d.
20 July 1916, The Somme
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Roland Gerard Garvin
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