Harrogate Herald - 18th April 1917
W H Breare letter
Some of you lads will know H Collings, whose
home is in the terrace house next to the Herald Printing Works. He
is a picture frame maker and gilder. Well, for many reasons, I am
sorry to say, he has been called up, and is now Driver H Collings.
His business is closed, because he has no one to work for him. Mrs
Collings has been in delicate health, and is still so. Further,
he is not a particularly robust man himself. I had a letter from him
on Saturday saying how necessary it was for him and his family that
he should come home on business leave to settle his affairs before
proceeding with his training. It seems a Magistrate's certificate
was necessary to prove his bona fides. I sent him one, expressing
this opinion that it would be an act of grace to allow him business
leave to settle his urgent affairs. The Military authorities are
generally sympathetic in deserving cases, therefore I hope he will
be granted the privilege. This is not an ordinary case by any means.
It is necessary, for one thing, that he should collect his book
debts, because I know he has been at a very considerable expense
over illness in his family. That burden represents, not a few
pounds, but several hundreds. He has proved himself a brave and
worthy man throughout unusual domestic difficulties occasioned by
family ill-health, and I devoutly hope that sunshine and prosperity
will come his direction in the future.
Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917
W H Breare letter
Collings, of whom I spoke to you a fortnight ago, got home
on leave, and came in to see me. He is looking very well. The
authorities have been very considerate in the matter of leave. They
gave him just what he deemed necessary.