You are the person I know I could turn to when I needed help - you are the person I looked at when I needed to smile and you are the person I went to when I needed a hug.When I am away, it is like I have left my soul at your side.You have shown me how to live and you have shown me how to be truly happy.
Every time you kissed me and our lips touched so softly, I could feel it. I could feel it when our hearts get so close they are beating as one.
You are the beat of my heart, the soul in my body; you are me, because without you I am nothing.
I love you, Helen, you are my girlfriend, my fiancée and my best friend.
Lee was in the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery and was the 118th British soldier to be killed in Iraq.
Lee had written a last letter to his fiancée, 21-year-old Helen O'Pray, in case he did not return.
Hi babe, I don't know why I am writing this, because I really hope that this letter never gets to you, because if it does that means I am dead.
It also means I never had time to show you just how much I really did love you.
They are the words they hoped their families would never have to read.
Now, in a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting book, author Rose Rouse has brought together a collection of last letters from those facing death - whether through illness, adversity, or in the heat of battle.
Each letter offers a compelling insight into the complexity of emotions we face as the end of our lives: they also offer a glimpse of the unquenchable strength of the human spirit.
Gunner Lee Thornton, 22, from Blackpool, was fatally shot in Basra, Iraq on September 7, 2006.