Claro Times – 20th March 1915
Private T E Coe, who was formerly in the Harrogate
Borough Electrician's Department, is now with the 1st Canadian
Contingent at the Front. Writing to his mother, who lives in
Cheltenham Parade, under the date of March 7th, he says : "Your
parcel arrived today, and you can bet the boys swallowed the buns
and biscuits without any delay. The Oxo and toffee I am keeping
until we return to the trenches after a few days' rest. Len's pie
came just in time to go into the trenches with us. The Harrogate
papers are very interesting, and after I read them, I pass same onto
Tom Anderson. The socks are OK, and I have given a pair away, and I
am wearing a pair myself. we received a body belt and a pair of
socks from Queen Mary, with a note, which I am sending to you.
We are billeted in a barn near to the trenches, and
can hear the usual shower of 'coal-buckets', etc., every day, but
they are treated by the fellows with no more concern than peals of
thunder. Some of us take fresh meat with us into the trenches, and
we will soon be expert cooks. Wood and cooking utensils are obtained
from dilapidated house round about.
On coming back from the trenches we all had a hot
bath, and expect to get clean underclothing issued to us. Give my
best thanks to Mr Mullen for the cigarettes, which we all appreciate
very much. We go down to the village for nearly all our meals when
in the billets. Today, for dinner, we had steak, pork chops, eggs,
bread and butter, and coffee. We are getting on very well with our 'Parlez
vous Francais'. I am OK, and getting along fine.
Your affectionate son, Tom
Harrogate Herald - 1st December 1915
Private T Anderson, of Starbeck, who is in Princess Patricia's
Canadian Infantry, has had several hairsbreadth escapes, but
fortunately has so far come through unscathed. His service cap has
twice been perforated with bullets, whilst others have gone through
his sleeve and lapel of his coat.