Harrogate Herald - 3rd January 1917
W H Breare letter
Another Xmas visitor was Private L Ambler, of the Mechanical
Transport, who formerly lived at Knaresborough. he came home on
Boxing Day for ten days' leave after being out 18 months. He has two
reasons for thankfulness. He is married and he has never had a day's
illness. He is son-in-law of Mrs Blackburn, Stonefall Avenue,
who, by the way, has sons fighting for their country. Albert
Blackburn is in Salonica, after being wounded in France; Harold
Blackburn, wounded in France, is now in Egypt; and Norman
Blackburn is also in Egypt. The latter was wounded at Neuve
Chapelle. Ambler met Cosgrove, who was formerly employed at
Wardman's Garage, and "Billy" Bell. These are the only two
Harrogate boys he has come across. I was glad to hear from Ambler
that you all still look forward with pleasurable anticipation to the
arrival of your weekly Herald.
Harrogate Herald - 11th July 1917
W H Breare letter
Rifleman H Blackburn, KRR, got leave on account of illness of his
mother, but he was not in time to see her ere she passed away.
Blackburn is the fifth son of John Blackburn, 55 Stonefall Avenue,
Starbeck. His eldest brother, William William, was with the Canadians, but
had rheumatic fever, and was discharged. He may be well enough later
to rejoin. The second brother, Albert Blackburn, is in Salonica; the third,
Norman Blackburn, in Alexandria; Horace Blackburn, the youngest, is in Ireland. With my
caller at the Front is Bob Wardman, Regent Street, who worked at the
Co-op, in High Harrogate; Corporal Mount; Ireland, of King's Road;
and Suttill, of New Park. Fifteen months since Blackburn was home.
He is continually meeting Harrogate boys, though his regiment is a
London one. It was formed by the late Earl of Feversham.