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I . A Merthyr Vale Hero

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I A Merthyr Vale Hero I STUCK TO HIS POST WHEN ALL OTHERS GASSED. I I MAJOR HOPES BOMB. DEVONALD WILL RECEIVE DECORATION. Our Comrade Mr. J. Devonald, of 5 Cottrell Street, Merthyr Vale, who, as reported in the Pioneer" recently, lost his only son in action in France during the big offensive, has received the following letter from the Major of the Bat- tery to which Bombardier Brinley Devonald was attached: "Àpril 4th, 1918. Dear Mr. Devonald,—It is with very great sorrow that I am writing to tell you some very sad news indeed. Brinley Devonald has died from the effects of gas. He is a very great loss to us indeed, always cheery and entertainingt, and as I write I remember how beautifully he sang to us last Christmas. He was my best signaller, of whom I thought a great deal, and he will be very greatly missed throughout the Battery. He sustained the poisoning by stick- ing to his post when all the other signallers had been gassed, and alone did his duty till over- come. I do so very much hope that lie will re- ceive a decoration, and I will write to let you know if his heroism is rewarded. Will you ac- cept the very deep sympathy of all officers and men of this battery. I trust G-od will grant you strength and endurance to bear your deep loss.—Yours very sincerely, u. I W. A. U. BTONE, Major.*

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