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Sergeant Charles E Croft


Harrogate Herald - 30th May 1917


Sergeant Charles E Croft writes : 

I have got out of hospital in Boulogne and returned to my own battalion, and when I opened the Herald and saw the photographs of some of the lads out of my company, I was glad, because it let me know more about them , and yet was very sorry they should appear in some cases. Private Reed was in my platoon, and I was with him when he was injured. I regret to see that he has since died of his wounds. I am going to write to his mother, as I feel sure she would like to hear my opinion about him. I was hit in the calf of the right leg by a piece of shell, but compared to some of the wounds our lads got, mine was only a trifle, although I am still walking lame. I am well on the way for recovery, and hope to very soon be active again. We had some special weather whilst I was in hospital, and very often sat on the cliffs and watched the hospital ships sailing across the Channel. You can imagine my thoughts. I met a Knaresborough man there, Sergeant Bob Fountain. I expect you know him, as you seem fairly well acquainted within most local chaps. Something wrong with is knee, otherwise quite well. I have also met Private Frank Howley, and Private Coggane, of Harrogate, and they also were very well.


Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

W H Breare letter

Sergeant C E Croft, of the Beechwood Boys, is at home on long leave, for he is to be granted a commission, and shortly goes to an officers' training school. He looked in the other day, and I am glad to say brought his amiable wife. Croft got his first stripe before he received his uniform, so he wore it for a time in his pocket. Oh, what a bad day the 3rd of may was for the Beechwood lads! Well, Croft was wounded in the leg on that very day. There is nothing the matter with him now, however. He is the picture of health and activity, and having climbed from the very bottom rung of the ladder he will make not only a proficient but a brilliant officer. Further, he has just the disposition and the genial man-to-man manner which will make him popular with his men. Some of his friends may like to be reminded that his home is at St George's terrace, Skipton Road, Harrogate.


Harrogate Herald - 25th July 1917

W H Breare letter

On Friday morning a young gentleman in mufti called, who was wearing the West Yorks badge. I did not recognise him at first, but soon discovered it was Signaller T H Lupton, who had come home for a commission and the necessary training which cadets receive. He is one of the Beechwood Boys, and arrived on Thursday night. You will know his father well, J A Lupton, of the Rubber Stores, Station Parade. From Lupton I gathered that Sergeant Croft, son of Mr Croft, plumber, had been in the Infirmary, but came out on Saturday. I think his trouble was trench shins, as they call it. I had a most interesting chat with Lupton, and I am sure he will make A smart officer. I shall watch his career with the closest interest. Whilst he was with me in came Private L J Baker, another Beechwood Boy, who was wounded on the 3rd of May by shrapnel in the shoulder. He has been a month in England, and is the son of Mr C Baker, now of Grantham, but formerly Tower Street, where he kept a shop. Before the war Baker was serving his apprenticeship with Jesper's, engravers, Harrogate. He is at Clipstone, but whether he will be going out very soon or not he does not know.


Harrogate Herald - 1st August 1917

W H Breare letter

Private W Walker, of the Beechwood lot, is a son of Mr & Mrs E Walker of 15 Avenue Street, Starbeck. He was wounded in the shoulder by shrapnel on May 3rd, and for the time being has lost the use of the muscles on the right arm. He has been in hospital at Liverpool, but is now, I am glad to say, at Beaulieu, one of our Harrogate Military Hospitals, which perhaps you will remember as being situated in West End Park. While at Liverpool, Walker met Private Pacey, who used to drive for Balmforth. Walker, who went out in January, expressed his thanks for the cigarettes kind friends sent him through me. When he arrived in Harrogate he saw Lupton and Sergeant Croft, both of whom are home for commissions.


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