Text of pink telegram informing relatives of death:

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA Form No 144
Postmaster-General's Department, New South Wales
URGENT TELEGRAM
This Message has been received subject to the Post and Telegraph Act and Regulations. All Complaints to be addressed in writing to the Deputy Postmaster-General

Station From, No. of Words, and Check
Victoria Battacks 69 5/5 12 40 RP section 9 5 Rev Elwin Manly

Br 29 Officially reported that Number (Br 29) (3003 Pte RB Allen) 13th Battalion previously reported missing now killed in action 14th August 1916. Please inform Mother (Mrs H Allen 63 Pittwater Rd Manly) and convey deep regret and sympathy of their Majesties the King and Queen and the Commonwealth Government in loss that she and Army have sustained by death soldier reply paid
Col Luscombe 1 5H

Date stamp and received March 15th, 1917

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