Harrogate Herald - 21st April 1915
Private Robert Jackson, 5th West Yorkshire
Regiment, whose photo we give this week is a son of Mrs Jackson,
38 College Road, Harlow Hill, Harrogate. Gunner G E Wallace, Royal
Field Artillery, whose photo also appears, is stationed at
Shaftesbury, Dorset. Private A H Wright is with the 2/5th West
Yorkshire Regiment in Matlock.
Harrogate Herald - 15th December 1915
Photo - Private R Jackson, of the 1/5th West
Yorks, is in the Beaulieu Hospital suffering from rheumatism. Private
Jackson, whose home is on Harlow Hill, Harrogate, has been back
from the Front just over three weeks. When he was invalided back the
West Yorks were still on the Ypres front. They were in good health.
The men were having a hard tome with the weather, but they were
taking things as soldiers do, in the best of spirits. They were
doing first line work in the trenches as they had been doing for the
past seven months. There had been the usual narrow escapes. Some of
them had their dug-outs blown up. There were three men in one
dug-out when a shell came over and took the roof clean off without
the occupants sustaining injuries. Another shell came over and
struck a dug-out. The shell was an 18lb on, and hit two men,
bruising their shoulders, but fortunately the shell did not explode.
When he left there were two inches of snow and three feet of water,
but the men were provided with high boots. They had also got their
winter skin coats and looked like Esquimaux [sic]. Private
Jackson came to be admitted to a Harrogate hospital by pure
chance and deems himself very lucky to be so near home. He is making
just steady progress.
Harrogate Herald - 22nd December 1915
Lance Corporal J Dobson writes :
I was very much interested when reading you issue of the Herald
for December 15th. I happened to notice Private R Jackson's
statement about the narrow escapes of some of the 5th West Yorks at
the Front, and as I am one of the chaps who was injured in the
second incident to which he referred, I though I would drop you a
line or two. The number of coincidences and narrow escapes in this
great struggle are indeed wonderful. Only the other day I met a lad
out of my own platoon in this hospital who I thought was in the
trenches. I am not a Harrogate chap, but I have not forgotten the
splendid week we had amongst the Harrogate people during November
1914, and I wish you and your numerous body of readers a happy Xmas.