Harrogate Herald - 2nd August 1916
Private P J Cullingworth writes :
Please excuse me trespassing on your preserves, but I should
esteem it a favour to be placed on your list to receive the Herald
sometimes. I Miss the paper very much since I came out some 12 weeks
ago. There are several young fellows in this Battalion from
Harrogate and district who would appreciate it after my perusal. Of
course, this is not a fighting unit, as you will no doubt know, but
are still helping in the common cause. If a man cannot use a rifle
efficiently, through some slight defect, there is other work quite
as important to do. I was sorry to hear of the death in action of
Second Lieutenant Donald Bell. He used to be a very intimate friend
of mine when he was at Starbeck School. I was living in hopes of
meeting him out here in France, but Fate has decreed otherwise. He
has done his duty as a soldier and a gentleman. Given all for his
country, so that Britons may live. Harrogate has lost one of its
best athletes, for as a football player he was second to none, as
the saying goes. I don't know his wife or relatives, but they have
my deepest sympathy in their great loss. The Allies seem to be doing
well for us at the present; hope it will continue. I will draw my
short epistle to a close. Wishing your paper and Harrogate every
success this coming season.
Harrogate Herald - 5th September 1917
W H Breare letter
I think it was Thursday morning that Pte P J Cullingworth,
of Follifoot, and of the 19th Labour Co., who was home on leave,
called. Before he went out Cullingworth had an accident to
his thumb, and this prevented him from joining the general service.
This thumb has troubled him a good deal, and his leave is to be
extended in order that he may have a part of it amputated. Cullingworth
is the son of Mr & Mrs Mark Cullingworth, of Follifoot.
His father will be well-know to many of you lads. Apart from his
thumb my visitor looked well and he was all right. There are five of
the Cullingworth family serving : First, George
Cullingworth, the cricketer, who is a bombardier in the RGA;
second, William Cullingworth in the RE's; third, Clarence
Cullingworth in the West Yorks lot; fourth, P J Cullingworth,
my caller; and Charles Wilson, a brother-in-law from Nova Scotia.
Wilson was shot in both legs whilst in the trenches, and came to
England. He has remained here a year instructing Canadian troops. No
Harrogate boys are with Cullingworth and only one
Knaresborough chap, whose name he forgot. Cullingworth's
battalion, he tells me, is always called to the scene of the most
important offences. His work has been railway and road making, etc.
There are casualties even in labour battalions. He estimates about
30 killed and 100 wounded in his lot. They are often badly shelled.
I was interested to hear from him that the Canadians were very smart
in laying rails. They could do a mile a day. Our English labour
battalions are also very smart. In one particular case, where the
land was very awkward, Cullingworth's lot managed to do four
miles in eleven days.