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.