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Corporal Applegarth


Harrogate Herald - 30th January 1918


E W Capstick, writing under date December 31st, 1917, says : Just a few more lines to tell you a little of my progress. To use the Army expression I am still in "dock". Pleased to say I am gradually picking up, but I am not near so strong as I was previous to my illness. Christmas is now nicely over, and it is now practically the eve of New Year. In regard to Christmas I sincerely trust that you have had an immensely enjoyable time. I know I have spent a top-hole Christmas. We received every comfort possible. The dinner and tea on Christmas Day were absolutely ripping - a scrumptious repast I shall never forget in my Army career. Boxing Day was awful cold in contrast to the previous day. In the afternoon the hospital authorities kindly privileged quite a large number of us to witness a football match between teams representing the Army and Navy. Lots of the one-time professional footballers of good old Blighty days were playing, so you can pretty well imagine what an absolutely glorious match it was. During the interval Corporal Applegarth, the world's champion runner, gave a clever exhibition of hundred yards flat racing. Several officers of high rank, both of the Army and Navy, and lots of ladies were also in evidence. We have had heaps of concerts in the hospital; talented artistes were numerous. PS - I have not received one of your papers since July. [Will Capstick's friends let us have his latest address - Ed]


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