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Pioneer A C Beer


Harrogate Herald - 21st November 1917


Pioneer A C Beer writes : 

I will introduce myself first. I am the eldest son of the Beers who lived in Parliament Terrace in the yard adjoining your works. My father was horseman to the late Thomas Thwaites a few years ago. My brother Andrew Beer belongs to that section of 6th Dragoons known as one of the seven of which you have written more than once in your paper. His photo has appeared on your page, also my youngest brother Willie Beer in the Life Guards, who was wounded recently in the arm and is about to get his discharge. I was a foreman employed by the Harrogate Corporation Highways Department under Mr Thorpe. I laid the tarmacadam along Montpelier Street if you remember, some little time ago. I joined that famous troop of Lord Derby's, and being just 40 years of age got dumped here right up against Billy Langley in Egypt. I saw that he has mentioned me in a letter to your paper, also another "towny" - Wilson - who was in the employ of Messrs Charles Walker & Son as a joiner, etc. I was very sorry to lose them. They have both moved further up from me, so now there is no one but myself to represent Sulphurland as far as I know. I am very sorry to see so many Harrogate lads who have lost their lives in this war, and I hope that before many more months it will come to an end, and let everybody get back to their homes. I see that your son, Lieutenant Lynn, had a brush with them in France, but had got all right again. I have just come across a man called Jack Smithson, in the MT section. He has written several letters to the local paper. He is in the best of health and looking very well indeed. Before joining up he drove a private car for Barker's, late of Barcroft House, Wetherby Lane. He wishes to be remembered to you and his friends. He has been out here for about two years.

PS - I think the Royal Spa Concert Room is the best suggestion as regards the Kursaal, as it was know 30 years ago.


Harrogate Herald - 20th March 1918

Breare letter

I have had a letter from Pioneer A Beer, who is in Egypt. He writes to thank me for the parcel containing playing cards, writing paper and magazines. He says "they were a long time coming, but better late than never". When he wrote he was taking some Harrogate Heralds and magazines on to a Harrogate chap called Richardson, son of Mr Richardson, who was formerly manager of the George Hotel. Richardson is looking very well. There is a Knaresborough chap with them. His name is Wood, and his father has a printer's business in the old borough. Wood is also in capital health. Beer took our War Souvenir across to the Harrogate lads. He desires me to thank Father Saxton, also Mrs Bland and an anonymous donor for cards.


Harrogate Herald 15th January 1919

Writing from Egypt, 2nd Corporal S says : 

Allow me to thank you for your kindness in sending me your valuable paper, also I would like you to thank the lady through your paper who sent me the body belt, woollen muffler, etc., as I am sure I shall find them beneficial during these next few months, as it gets awfully chilly at nights out here, but not quite as cold as it will be in Blighty. I have not seen many Harrogate lads here, but happened to come across one named Beer. He worked for the Corporation on road making, and we had a good chat about the old borough. Everybody seems to be anxiously waiting to leave this country for good old Blighty.