Harrogate Herald - 25th December 1918
W H Breare letter
Some of you may remember Jack Foster. Many years ago I was
running the original Harrogate Amateur Operatic Society. Foster was
quiet a young man with a fine baritone voice, but he had not had
experience in opera. I trained him for the part of "Lieutenant
of the Tower" in the "Yeoman of the Guard". He made
such a success he went to London, and since has fulfilled many parts
in musical comedies and Gilbert and Sullivan operas. He is a
Lieutenant in the Army now, and on Friday looked in on me. I had not
met him for a long time. He was as buoyant, jolly, and well as ever.
Of course, he has a great time arranging entertainments for the boys
in his spare intervals. You will remember, perhaps, that his father
was the well-known plumber, Mr Charles Foster, and one of his
brothers, at least, is carrying on the business he established,
having the same difficulty we all have in shortage of labour.