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Private Alfred Cann


Harrogate Herald - 15th December 1915

On Thursday evening a pleasant function took place at the Victoria Hotel, when one of Mr J A Middlebrook's employees, A Cann, who has joined the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was the recipient of a presentation subscribed for by customers and friends and Mr Middlebrook and family. After an expression of hearty good wishes by Mr Symmington, Mr J A Middlebrook said that it was a pleasure to know that Mr Cann had joined the forces, yet it was with regret that they parted with him. He had been five years in his employ, and was respected by himself and family and all those with whom he came in contact. They knew he would do his duty to his King and country, and they would all wish his a safe return. On behalf of the donors Mr Middlebrook then presented to Mr Cann a wristlet-watch, a safety razor, writing case, stationery, and stamps, cigarettes, khaki scarf, and mittens. The recipient of the presentation heartily thanked the donors for their kindness and good wishes.


Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917

Roll of Honour

Private Alfred Cann, son of Fred Cann, Park Row, Starbeck, has also been killed in action. Previous to enlisting he worked for Mr Middlebrook, of the Victoria Hotel, Harrogate.


Harrogate Herald - 23rd May 1917


Private G Slack says : 

I see by last week's Herald that Ernest Bowers [Should this be Bowser....?] and Alf Cann have both been killed, which news I was sorry to read, as I went to school with them and both were great friends of mine.


Harrogate Herald - 17th April 1918

In loving remembrance of my dearest friend, Alf Cann (Private, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry), reported killed in action April 14th, 1917 - "Loved by all who knew him" - From Louie H Pullan, 14 Park Row, Starbeck.



2nd Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

25933 Private Alfred Cann

Born : Starbeck

Enlisted : Harrogate

Died : 14th April 1917


France and Flanders



In Memory of


Private 25933 2nd Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who died on Saturday, 14th April 1917. Age 31.

Additional Information:

Son of Frederick Cann and Jane Cann, of 15, Park Row, Starbeck, Harrogate.

Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:

Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A


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