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Private J Clarke


Harrogate Herald - 18th July 1917

W H Breare letter

Private J Clarke, of the 107th Canadians was discharged from hospital on Saturday, the 7th. He had been wounded in the arm on the 7th of May, and had been sent to Lady Onslow's Hospital, Blendon Park, Guildford. Being on ten days' leave he came in to see me. It was shrapnel that did the business for him. He is a son of Mr J Clarke, of Belmont Street, who worked thirty years on the Duchy Estate for David Simpson. Young Clarke, my soldier friend, went out to Canada eight years ago, where he was living at Estevan before the war. He told me, speaking about comrades, that Arthur Holliday, son of Sam Holliday, out-porter, was wounded on the 9th April, and in hospital in this country. Then there were two friends, Charlie Hargreaves and J Smith, both of whom have been killed. Hargreaves used to drive a cab in Harrogate; Smith's father was a plumber at New Park. Clarke's brother George Clarke was killed on the 27th of June, 1916.

With Clarke came Private Tom Herrington, son of Mrs Herrington, of Denmark Terrace. These cousins had not seen each other, until this leave, for over ten years. Herrington was originally of the 10th West Yorks, but is now attached to a sanitary section of the 3erd Army. He has no Harrogate chaps with him. He has neither been wounded nor sick. Herrington wanted Driver Colman's address, which we got him by referring to our list.


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