Harrogate Herald - 29th December 1915
J H Holmes, after thanking Mr W H Breare for the
Herald, says :
We have had some very cold weather here lately,
though very little snow. The wind, too, has been terrific, and some
nights we had to spend keeping the hangers down to the ground.
However, we have now moved to a new aerodrome, and for the time
being are billeted in houses. I have only met one Harrogate man out
here so far - Sergeant Burgess. He was back for a rest. I suppose by
now he is in the trenches again. Well, it will be Christmas in a few
days now, and you can bet, all being well, I shall have as good a
time as possible to have under the circumstances. Thanking you once
again for your paper, and wishing you a merry Xmas.
Harrogate Herald - 18th April 1917
W H Breare letter
Beckwithshaw and Pannal boys will be interested to know that
Sergeant J H Holmes, of the RFC, of Beckwithshaw, came in to see me
on Monday morning. He is a son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Holmes. JH has
been in France two years, and is now on leave the first time in
eighteen months. I am sorry to say that his mother is very ill, so
his home-coming has been sad. All the time he has been out he has
never met a Harrogate lad, though he has corresponded with Alex
Stott, of Beckwithshaw, who is in France, but has not seen him.
Holmes has a brother in a Flying Corps Division in Salonica. Holmes
looks very well, and I hope his presence will soon restore his
mother to her accustomed health. Many of you local boys will perhaps
know that Holmes is a very skilful mechanics.