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Official information has now been received by Mr. and Mrs. Brutnell, of the Royal Oak, Kibworth, that their son, Pte T. Brutnell, has given his life for his country. The deceased, who was in his 21st. year, and was born at Kibworth, previously worked at Messrs. Johnson and Barnes. The following sympathetic letters have been received by his parents:—

Dear Mrs. Brutnell. It is indeed with the greatest possible regret that I write on behalf of all ranks of the Company to express our deepest sympathy with you in the loss of your son, who, along with the Officer Commanding and ten others of the Company has been missing since December 30th. I cannot express too highly the bravery displayed by Pte. Brutnell during the terrible minutes which elapsed before our ship went down, and I am afraid it is only too true that he was lost also. Your son was a general favourite in the Company, and from my knowledge of him he was out to do his bit for King and country.  The loss of our brave boys has created a gap in the Company which will be difficult to fill, and we must console ourselves with the thought that they have given their lives for the good cause. Again assuring you that our hearts go out to you in your irreparable loss, yours very sincerely W.H. Kerr. 2nd Lieut.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Brutnell, - The Company of which your late son was a member would like to offer you their condolence and sympathy in your great loss. While the consolation we can give must be poor, it will be some slight satisfaction for you to learn that he was liked and respected by all who knew him. We should like to add that he died as a soldier should at his post, doing his duty without fear, and that it was for the cause we are all fighting for as much as though it had been on the field. Again offering you the heartfelt sympathy of his comrades, yours respectfully, Pte. H. Shelton

Market Harborough Advertiser, 9th April 1918

Private Brutnell is recorded on the gravestone of his mother, Elizabeth, in Kibworth Cemetery, plot number 547.

Private Tom Brutnell