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Private Norman Allen

 
 

Harrogate Herald 3rd January 1917

W H Breare letter

I had a letter from Mrs Allen on Friday saying that her son Norman Allen, who has been wounded, walked in most unexpectedly much to their delight. I had set the ball moving trying to get Norman into a Harrogate hospital. My thanks are due to Mr Titley, who received my request so sympathetically. I know well the Grand Duchess is most anxious to find room for Harrogate boys, so that they may be near their friends at home.

 

Harrogate Herald - 28th March 1917

W H Breare letter

Whilst on news of the boys, I can tell you that Private Herbert Hardcastle, of the West Yorks, is in the Scottish National Red Cross Hospital, Glasgow, with pneumonia. His sisters have just called to ask if I can do anything to get him into a hospital in Harrogate, as he is getting convalescent. Almost at the same moment I received a letter from Mrs Allen, mother of Norman Allen, who is at St George's Hospital here now, telling me that her son, Rifleman Frank Allen, is progressing nicely, and is able to come to Harrogate. He desires to get into St George's, if possible, where his brother is. I have no doubt Mr Titley will help me to bring this about if he can. Frank Allen, however, has the first claim, because he applied some time since, but was not well enough to be moved then. I hope, however, I shall be able to manage it for Hardcastle. He comes from Beckwithshaw, and is a son of Mr Hardcastle, farmer, there. His father is an old friend of mine, and when I lived at Harlow Car he worked for us on that estate to such effect that I shall never forget his skill and kindness during that period of my life. Up to the present Hardcastle has been seven weeks in hospital.

[Further on in the same letter]

Norman Allen came in on Saturday. He is on crutches, but looks exceedingly well. His foot does not progress quite so satisfactorily as we could wish, so he may have to undergo another operation, as there is a suspicion that further bone needs to be taken away. There are five of these Allen boys in the Army, and the mother and sister have patriotically endured many sacrifices, but I am glad to say they are getting on satisfactorily in the business of one of the boys which they are running.

 

Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

W H Breare letter

Of course, you know that many other men besides our Australians had a hand in digging those tunnels for the mining of Messines. I have seen no mention of the fact, however, in the papers. For instance, Norman Allen, of whom I have written you, who is in hospital here on account of his wounds, had a share in that digging. Allen is getting on well, and so is Maurice Fenwick and all the other lads.

 

Harrogate Herald - 31st October 1917

W H Breare letter

With Sergeant Fletcher were two other boys, Private Draper, son of Mr G Draper, of Nydd Vale Terrace, who brought me the sad news of his brother's death in France. Draper is still in training in this country. The other visitor was F Allen, of 33 Commercial Street, who was in the King's Royal Rifles. He was wounded in the thigh and received his discharge September 23rd. He still has trouble from his old wound. Allen's brother, Corporal Raymond Allen, who worked at the Baths, has likewise been discharged. Another brother, Private N Allen, in the Canadians, is expecting to get his discharge, for he is incapacitated for military duties. Private Cecil Allen, another brother, is still in France. The last-named boy was fighting in German East Africa, where he was wounded, but on recovery was sent to fight in France. This is a good record of service for one family, isn't it?

 

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