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Frank Beale


Harrogate Herald - 14th February 1917

W H Breare letter

Private H V Hanson, RAMC, has just this moment left me. He came in as I was Dictaphoning to you boys. He doesn't look very well. He has had a nervous breakdown, and is home on sick leave. In that affair when a certain clearing station was bombed by an enemy aeroplane he received a bad shock. Perhaps you will remember that a nurse was severely injured in the leg at the same time. The bomb dropped squarely on the clearing station. Before the war Hanson had been in the newspaper business some years. He was a proof reader on the Manchester Guardian, and was on the Birmingham Post. He had to give up this work on account of his eyesight. From July 1st, all through the Somme push, he was working close to the line. I enquired what Harrogate boys he had seen, and was told he met Private Lund, RAMC, at the base, had seen Frank Beale from the Baths, and Enderby, who was in the Harrogate Post Office, and subsequently transferred to Durham. Morris is in the same unit as Hanson, who is now at 12th Stationary Hospital.