Harrogate Herald - 25th July 1917
W H Breare letter
I have had many receptions of soldiers from the
Front in my office of late, and it has been quite jolly. Private J G
Whitehead, of the West Yorks, has been over on leave after an
interval of eighteen months. He called, and I had a chat about his
comrades. I like to hear of my soldier friends and learn what they
are doing, when anyone comes who can tell me. It seems with
Whitehead is Simmonds. George Nelson, whom you will know as "Ruggie"
Nelson, on account of his football reputation, is likewise with him,
and Jim Baker, of Tower Street came home with him. He had met
Leslie Harper, of the Motor Transport. As for Whitehead, he was
wounded and buried in a dugout on the Somme in September, 1916, but
got no further than a hospital at Boulogne.
....... and further on
On Friday morning a young gentleman in mufti called, who was
wearing the West Yorks badge. I did not recognise him at first, but
soon discovered it was Signaller T H Lupton, who had come home for a
commission and the necessary training which cadets receive. He is
one of the Beechwood Boys, and arrived on Thursday night. You will
know his father well, J A Lupton, of the Rubber Stores, Station
Parade. From Lupton I gathered that Sergeant Croft, son of Mr Croft,
plumber, had been in the Infirmary, but came out on Saturday. I
think his trouble was trench shins, as they call it. I had a most
interesting chat with Lupton, and I am sure he will make A smart
officer. I shall watch his career with the closest interest. Whilst
he was with me in came Private L J Baker, another Beechwood
Boy, who was wounded on the 3rd of May by shrapnel in the shoulder.
He has been a month in England, and is the son of Mr C Baker,
now of Grantham, but formerly Tower Street, where he kept a shop.
Before the war Baker was serving his apprenticeship with
Jesper's, engravers, Harrogate. He is at Clipstone, but whether he
will be going out very soon or not he does not know.