Claro Times - 31st December 1915
News has come to hand this week of several
Knaresborough men of the 5th West Yorkshire having been
"gassed" in the recent German gas attack on the British.
None, however, have been fatally poisoned by the horrible device,
though one case, that of Sergeant R Holmes, almost ended
Mrs Holmes. Bondend, Knaresborough, received news from the
matron of a St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital in France, informing
her that her husband, A/Sergeant Major Holmes, 5th West
Yorkshire, was very dangerously ill, having been brought to that
hospital suffering from gas poisoning. The letter added that though Sergeant
Holmes had been unconscious, he was suffering no pain. A later
message gave the welcome news that her husband was much better. In a
letter from Sergeant Holmes himself, Mrs Holmes was
informed that he was much better, and was expecting to be moved to a
hospital in England.