Harrogate Herald - 1st December 1915
Fred Harwood, taking a very cheery view of
things in Flanders, writes :
November 22nd 1915. I'm sat in my "Little grey
home in the West", writing this - a dug-out built of sandbags,
six feet square and about three feet six inches high; situated in
the front line trenches about 100 yards or less from the German
lines. The weather is cold and frosty, and much preferable to rain.
I've just finished a dinner of good hot "mulligan" and now
feel fit for anything. When one thinks of it, it is really wonderful
how we get fresh meat and bread up to the front line trenches every
night. There is nothing to grumble at in the way of food. I saw
Corporal Haigh a while ago; he was looking well. It was very sad
about Neil McMillan, wasn't it? Wilf, Haigh and Neil and I went to
school together at Starbeck, and were all in the Canadian Forces.
There's not much news, so I'll close. Thanking you for the paper,
which I receive regularly every week. It's great to get the
Harrogate news and even the lads from other towns appreciate the
paper. Hoping you are well; I'm A1. Wishing your paper every
success, which it justly deserves.
Harrogate Herald - 25th December 1918
W H Breare letter
Then I have had in the two brothers Currie, Private Alexander and
Driver Donald. They live at 5 Denmark Street. Alex has been twelve
months out, wounded and gassed on the 28th January, 1918. This
affected his voice, and he couldn't speak for three months. Ben
Smith, of Hurstleigh Terrace, was with Currie, and Micky Brain, of
Denmark Street. There were six of the Currie boys in the Army - one,
Arthur, with the Canadians, was killed April 16th; Driver Donald was
taken on the 8th September, 1914, at the fall of Manbenge. The town
surrendered on the 7th September, after ten days' bombardment. In
1914 his treatment was severe, but better later. With him at the
same camp was Second Lieutenant B Archer, under-chef at the Hydro,
and Lieutenant Frank Wilson, and eight or nine other Harrogate boys.
They were all at Mainz. Lieutenant Colonel Bousfield, who was once
in charge of the 1/6th West Yorks, was likewise a prisoner there. At
the same time as those boys called, Private Fred Harwood, of the
29th Battalion Canadian Infantry, came. He had been out two years
and eight months, and is the son of Mr and Mrs Harwood, engine
driver for the North Eastern, of 99 The Avenue, Starbeck. Harwood
was in the Giessen camp. He was taken at St Eloi in the battle of
the craters. With Harwood was Private W Tindale, 3rd Battalion,
Toronto Regiment. He was taken prisoner on the 24th April, 1915.
Been three years and seven months out. Captured at St Julien.
Tindale was in Harrogate as a guest of Fred Harwood.