Harrogate Herald - 18th April 1917
Corporal Gordon G Jackson writes :
In the issue of
the Herald (March 28th) I noticed a letter from a fellow called W
Burnett, who is with the New Zealanders. He expresses a wish to meet
any old Harrogate fellow who may be with the same body. I don't know
him, but would like to have a yarn, as - like him - I have met no
Harrogate boys out here. During the last few months I have been
playing in an orchestra of 14, who, with a troupe of pierrots, are
known as the 12th Divisional Entertainers; so Burnett won't have
much trouble in finding me if he comes along to our theatre. We are
putting on some good shows, and the boys seem to appreciate our
efforts if one can judge from the packed houses we get every night.
Thanking you for the paper which you have sent me now for a month.
With best wishes.
Harrogate Herald - 4th July 1917
W H Breare letter
My tether is running out, and I shall have to be
brief and summarise. I have had visits from Private S Hind Leedale,
who has been transferred to a home establishment; Arthur Leedale,
who is an artificer in the Navy, and well-known to you lads;
Corporal G G Jackson, son of Mr and Mrs W C Jackson, of 16 Unity
Grove (New Zealanders); Private W Burrill, son of Jack Burrill, my
old friend who used to play the double bass in the original
Harrogate Minstrels; and Lance Corporal Wilfred Mawson, son of Mr J
Mawson, Cold Bath Road.
Harrogate Herald - 11th July 1917
W H Breare letter
My Harrogate Canadian friend, Corporal G B Jackson, of whom I
wrote last week, is the head of an excellent little orchestra out at
the Front. He tells me they have their own pierrots and other
entertainers besides. Mrs W C Jackson, of 16 Unity Grove, is his
mother. To identify the family, I may tell you that they are the
Jacksons who had the boot shop at one time near the Market Clock.