Harrogate Herald - 3rd January 1917
W H Breare letter
Yesterday (Saturday) Sergeant J A Atkinson, who you will remember
won the DCM, looked in on me at my office. He is of the machine Gun
Corps, and the son of Alfred Atkinson, Corporation Baths Engineer.
You will be sorry to learn that the father has been ill for a
fortnight. He has had a slight stroke, from which, however, he is
recovering. Sergeant Atkinson has been out for two years next April.
I found him very well and quite cheerful. He had seen John
Waddington, son of Mrs Waddington, Craven Street, and Deaden,
whose nickname (and you know they all have such in the Army) is
"Bodger". He worked for W B Atkinson, engineer, Tower
Street. He has also seen Ben Archer, who got those socks he wanted
all right. Atkinson's unit is that which contains so many Harrogate
boys. My visitor has been well throughout, except for an attack of
tonsillitis. he was to report in London Tuesday, that was the 2nd of