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Private Ernest Fawcett


Harrogate Herald - 31st January 1917


The following are men who have sent us the Army post-card briefly stating that they are well and have received papers and parcels, or whose letters contain views that have repeatedly been expressed by other correspondents, but show their friends that they are all right :

Private E Fawcett


Harrogate Herald - 19th September 1917

W H Breare letter

Private Ernest Fawcett, 41473, W Company, 17th WY, has been missing since August 31st. I should be very grateful, boys, if you could send me any information about him.

Roll of Honour

Mrs Fawcett, of 51 Burke Street, would be glad of any news concerning her husband, Private E Fawcett, West Yorks (41473), who has been reported missing since August 31st, 1917.


Harrogate Herald - 17th October 1917

I am pleased to open my letter today in a cheerful strain. I asked for information about Private Ernest Fawcett, who was missing. I have just heard that a post-card has been received from him through which we gather that he is lying in a German field hospital wounded. Up to joining the Army, Fawcett had been in the employ of Messrs Wray and Co., grocers, James Street, ever since the firm started business.


Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918


Private E Fawcett writes : 

I called to see you when I was home out of hospital. Then I was with the West Yorks, but I got transferred after that and now I am in a kilted regiment. I have been out this time now over two months, and have always looked out for old Harrogate faces, but have been unlucky up to now. We were near the 5th West Yorks at one time, but I couldn't get away to visit them. I know lots of chaps in that battalion and it would have been quite a pleasure to have had a handshake with some of them. We are out of the line at present for a rest, and we have spent our Xmas time in a barn, so we're away from the noise of battle for a while. The last spell in the line we did was in shell holes, no trenches at all, but when we got dug in it took Fritz all his time to find us with his lumps of iron, but of course we all have our narrow squeaks at times, but I shouldn't like another one like I had last year when I was wounded and taken prisoner. I noticed my brother's photo in the paper last week. He is ill in some hospital in Egypt with diphtheria, but I hear he will pull through all right. Thanking you for your kindness and wishing you and your staff a happy New Year.


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