Certainly at the start of the Great War newspapers carried far more detail about those who died in action than you might expect.
“In connection with the death at Versailles on September 23rd of Rifleman Arthur James Soper, of the 2nd Battalion King’s Royal Rifles, Mrs Soper, of 18 Market Square, Horsham, has received the following letter from the Rev H.W. Fox, Acting Chaplain to the Forces...
“‘He was seriously wounded during the fight on the Aisne in September and was brought into this hospital on the 21st.
“‘He was unconscious when he arrived and past away the next day without regaining consciousness. It will be some comfort to you to know he was in no pain and that doctors and nursing sisters gave him all possible care and attention.’”