Harrogate Herald - 29th December 1915
W H Breare letter
Many of you will remember Corporal E Reynard, who
was employed by the Gas Office before the war as a meter inspector.
He is a fine figure of a soldier, a man of intelligence and
cultivation. By the way, he tells me he sings, though he has done no
singing while he has been out there. You boys who are near him
better get him to tune up. Reynard came in to see me and brought his
good wife, both of whom I was pleased to welcome. He has been out
since the first, and had not been home on leave before he came on
the 17th. He went back on the 24th. He told me that Corporal W
Curry, formerly a postman, was in his Division and he had seen
him. Curry's mother lives in Denmark Street and his wife in
Willow Grove. I believe Reynard's Division was the only one that
went straight through from Antwerp up to and through the Loos
affair. Reynard looks well, is quite happy and contented in his
patriotic duty. He was under Haig, for whom he is full of
admiration. Reynard says he is a second Kitchener.
Harrogate Herald - 340th May 1917
Acknowledging the receipt of the Knaresborough Post, W Curry
says : I read the letters from the boys on active service with
interest, for although I am a Knaresborian, I worked some years at
St James' Picture Palace, where I got to know quite a lot of
Harrogate lads whose letters I keep coming across in your paper.
Harrogate and district is well represented out here, but I have not
had any luck in coming across any of them. I am pleased to hear the
successes of the British troops on the Western Front, and I think
this year will bring us victory and all the boys will get home for
Christmas, 1917. I am glad to hear from home these above military
age have taken to gardening. That's the way to beat Fritz and his
U-boats, but I don't think he will have all his own way with them. I
have every confidence in the Navy.