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Maurice Fenwick


Harrogate Herald - 28th March 1917

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A young soldier friend of ours is in Aberdeen hospital with septic poisoning. We do not know the details, because the post has been so irregular. He is Maurice Fenwick, only son of Mr and Mrs Fenwick, of York Road, Harrogate. He joined the Yorkshire Hussars when - I will say, he was quite young, and has been a long time in training, but not very long out of the country and where the fighting is. We do know that he lay out ten days under a roof, certainly, but there were no walls, and it was some time before he got to hospital. He is going on all right, but we should like to know more about his case. He was already in hospital at Aberdeen when the first intimation came from across the water, about three weeks late, stating he was somewhere in France. Since then notices, equally late, have followed. I am glad to say he is going on satisfactorily, and is a short way on the road to recovery.


Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917

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It is some time since I told you boys about Maurice Fenwick, of the Yorkshire Hussars, being in hospital in France. A while after he was removed to a hospital in Aberdeen. The journey took 17 hours, but the arrangements were such that he did not know when he was crossing the water, and the railway journey, though long, was exceedingly comfortable. He was in Aberdeen, I should say, six weeks, perhaps more. On Friday morning he arrived at St Nicholas hospital here, much to the satisfaction of his father and mother, Mr and Mrs Fenwick, of York Road [James F Fenwick, Glenside, York Road], and his many friends. Of course, it was a long journey for him, and he was somewhat exhausted on arrival; but he has picked up nicely since, though I am sorry to say he is very ill, but not dangerously. His principal trouble is septic poisoning. he and his lot were the first in a German trench, which had been occupied by the Huns for some two and a half years. He will never forget the condition of that trench, a breath of which, the medical men declare, was enough for incalculable temporary damage. Maurice was a tall boy before he enlisted, much older in appearance, and younger than he looked. He was not near military age when he joined. His friends are very anxious to visit him at the hospital, but they can do him no greater service than to remain away for the present. As soon as he can get out, even in a bath chair, the air of Harrogate will have a wonderful effect upon him, so altogether we are very cheerful about his future. For some time Maurice was fed on weak Bovril. Of late his diet has been four eggs a day, until he feels like jibbing at the sight of one. On his arrival at St Nicholas he was met by every kindness, including a beaten up egg. Naturally, he is impressed by the way eggs pursue him.


Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

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Of course, you know that many other men besides our Australians had a hand in digging those tunnels for the mining of Messines. I have seen no mention of the fact, however, in the papers. For instance, Norman Allen, of whom I have written you, who is in hospital here on account of his wounds, had a share in that digging. Allen is getting on well, and so is Maurice Fenwick and all the other lads.


Harrogate Herald - 13th March 1918

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Friends of Maurice Fenwick will be pleased to know that he has quite recovered and been discharged from hospital. He is now on leave at home.


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