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Sergeant R Ainsley


Harrogate Herald - 7th November 1917

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Private H Hayes, who was killed in action on October 9th, and worked a number of years at New Park Laundry, was the son of Mrs Hayes, of Electric Avenue, New Park, Harrogate. He leaves a widow and two children. He belonged to the Yorks and Lancs Regiment, and joined March 1st last, having been in France only four months. Private F Hayes, his brother, has been missing six months and nothing has been heard of him yet. Any information would be welcomed by his mother. A comrade, Lance Corporal A V Wright, referring to the former's death, says : "Dear Mrs Hayes, I write these few lines hoping this letter will not make you downhearted. I regret to say that your husband got killed a few days ago, but he bore his burden bravely. I can assure you that all the platoon sympathises with you, but you must forget it was God's will. He was a very good chap, and we all miss him. I hope you will bear the news bravely, as he was buried all right. I write on behalf of the platoon that you might make things as bright as possible". Sergeant R Ainsley, West Yorks Regt, brother-in-law of Private H Hayes, was gassed on March 16th, 1917. Before enlisting he was employed at New Park Laundry, Harrogate.


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