Claro Times - 31st December 1915
Another Knaresborough soldier of the 5th West
Yorkshires who is suffering from gas poisoning is Private Edward
Blackstone, who resided at Park Row, Knaresborough.
In a letter home to his wife, he thus describes the
attack : "I was partly gassed in the attack on Sunday morning.
I was acting as guide to the patrol sergeant on advanced post duty.
I was two days in the front line trenches. The Germans sent the gas
over about five in the morning, and how I got down to our lines I
can hardly say. It was a fearful experience, and if it had lasted a
little longer I don't think I should have survived. St the same time
the Germans opened out on us all their guns. They shelled us and the
canal bank for 48 hours. We have lost a lot of men in the
Writing on Christmas Eve he says : "I fully
expected they would have withdrawn our battalion, but they are in
the trenches tonight, and I don't think they will get relieved until
Mrs Blackstone has not received any further letter of her