Harrogate Herald - 20th January 1915
3981 Trooper A Beer writes to the Editor as
Brigade Headquarters, 4th Cavalry Brigade,
Expeditionary Force, 10th January, 1915.
Dear Mr Breare, I am writing you a few lines to
thank you for your kindness in sending me the Harrogate paper out
each week, to which I look forward to like a good meal and enjoy
every bit as much as one, especially the letter "To my
boys". Well, sir, I cannot say much this time, but one thing, I
must thank your little granddaughter very much for the present of
mittens and handkerchief, which I received through Private H G
Smith, and should like to thank her personally, as it shows we are
not forgotten, although we are away from our native town; but, of
course, as you know, business is business, and carried on as usual.
Well, Mr Breare, I think I must close. Wishing you and all at home
and your paper every success, and remaining one of the seven.
Harrogate Herald - 14th February 1917
W H Breare letter
Before now you have heard me speak of the seven
Harrogate boys all in one regiment. I had one of them in on
Saturday. It was Private H Crossley, of the RAMC. He is the son of
Mrs John Crossley, of 6 Waterloo Street, and was on sick leave. He
is now medically unfit, but is working at the permanent base. He is
one of the seven of the 6th Dragoon Guards. Others whose names you
will know are Allardyce, Smith, and Andrew Beer. These boys
are all regulars. Crossley was transferred to the RAMC when he
became unfit. He wants to ascertain Harry Matson's address. Can
anybody tell him? Crossley enlisted November 14th, 1910, was five
years with the Cavalry, then transferred to RAMC. Left Alexandria
15th January for Havre. He collected wounded there and took them to
Ireland. Amongst them were Harrogate lads. A pity these could not
have come to Harrogate hospitals, isn't it? Crossley's period of
service in the Regular Army expires November 14th of this year. I
hope, and believe, the war will be over by then.
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.