Harrogate Herald - 29th December 1915
W H Breare letter
Driver Harry W Dent is known at the Front as
"the Major". He has borne this name for some time, in fact
before he went out. He worked for Messrs Mackay and Sons, Motor
Engineers, West Park, before the war, and it was there, I fancy, he
got his promotion. He is the son of Mr R Dent, Mayfield Grove, and
has been out nine months at the Front. He came in to see me on
Friday, jolly and well. He came home on Thursday night and returned
Boxing night. I elicited from him that he had been in the same
locality as Reginald Thompson, son of Mr Thompson, Victoria Hall,
likewise Nicholson, of the Prince of Wales in Spofforth [mp], in
fact, Nicholson is in his company. He is in "the pink", as
Dent phrased it. Nicholson was sorry he had not time when on leave
to look in and see me, and so was i. I want you boys to fully
realise that, whilst I am delighted to see any of you when on leave,
I quite understand that your time at home is fully occupied. Please
don't feel bound to look in when you've so many other claims. When
you can come, do so.
To return to Dent. Mr Broughton's son, of the
market, he met when he first arrived, and had a jolly talk with him.
He had seen "Billy" Bell, who was as happy as ever.
Councillor Robinson's sons, George and Ernest, are in Dent's column.
Likewise Sergeant Cobbler, of Tower Street. "Major" wishes
to be remembered to all the Harrogate boys.
Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918
W H Breare letter
H B Scholes, of Cecil Street, has had fourteen days'
leave, and came to see me. He is on transport work at the moment. He
was a member of the Harrogate Male Voice Choir. I am glad to say he
found his people at home all well. He had met Walter Little,
plasterer, of Pannal Ash; Fawcett, barman at the Ship; Crosthwaite,
who was at the Baths; "Major" Dent, son of Mr R
Mayfield Grove. Scholes has never ailed anything, and looks it.
Claro Times - 4th June 1915
Private H W Dent, Mechanical Transport Section, Army
Service Corps, writes :
"I have met Tommy Coy, of Starbeck, and Reggie
Thompson, whose father keeps the big furniture shop in James Street.
Today a young fellow came from Paris with a car, and he recognised
me. He is called Haw, and used to work at Johnson's garage, and his
people live in King Edward's Drive".
Private Dent writes in a cheery strain, and is more inclined to
ask questions about home affairs than to give information of his own
doings. In a later letter he says he has met G R Oddy, of Harrogate.