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Lance Corporal Lawrence Jewitt

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 28th March 1917

Roll of Honour

Private George Holgate, West Yorks, son of Mr E Holgate, of 131 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, is, we regret to say, a prisoner of war at Dulmen, West Germany. Nothing has been heard of Private Holgate for several weeks, and it was a relief the other day to the family to learn that he was alive and well, although he had had the misfortune to be taken a prisoner of war. In reply to enquiries from his sister, Miss Holgate, Lieutenant Hanley Hutchinson wrote : "In reply to your letter of 7th March, I much regret that since my last note to you (enclosed to you with T Ketson's), I have heard nothing of your brother. I still think that he and Lance Corporal L Jewitt were taken prisoners; if so, they will be with you again ere long, I hope. One dead body of another of my men was found near, and, as no signs of your brother or his gun were found, I am all the more convinced that he is alive. Enquiries have been made, and will be made of course, with pleasure, and I am only glad to think you have written to me. Anything I can do will be done gladly. Your brother was an excellent fellow in every way, and he is a great loss". Since that letter was received, Mr Holgate got a card from his son from the Dulmen internment camp, saying he was well. Private Holgate, who is 22 years of age, was in the employ of Messrs Hudson Bros, ironmongers, Harrogate. He is a twin brother of Private ? Holgate, who is with the ? Herts, and an elder brother of Private S D Holgate, is also in the Army.

 

Harrogate Herald - 28th March 1917

W H Breare letter

If I wrote to you of "Lawrence" Jewitt, you would not know to whom I was referring. Jewitt is generally known by the name of "Pop" Jewitt. Private intimation came to me that Pop was missing. As usual in these cases, Harrogate was full of rumours about him. The stories that reached his mother and father were very alarming and various. It even went about that he was blown to pieces. After a period of suspense Jewitt's wife heard from her husband, and this is what she received : 

"Dulmen (Westf.), February 22nd, 1917. I am a prisoner of war and stationed at Dulmen (Westf.). My address is - Lance Corporal Lawrence Jewitt, 2627, 2/5th West Yorks, Gefangenenlager, Dulmen, Gruppe iii, Comp. 51". Mrs Jewitt had no information from our war authorities until a few days after she received the postcard from her husband in Germany. The War Office notice was that Jewitt was missing. It is a very alarming word that "missing", isn't it? It gives so much room for anxiety, and feelings are so constantly wrung by misleading private reports. You will be glad to know that Jewitt is alive. One of the last accounts received was that Jewitt had been in a shell hole, which he had left to go within 50 yards of the enemy to tale Lieutenant Smith, his officer, a cup of tea. After that nothing was heard of him. Pop Jewitt is the son of Mr and Mrs Jewitt, of 24 Mount Street, Oatlands Mount, Harrogate. They have three other sons serving - Private Harold Jewitt, who is now in hospital in Halifax; Gunner Walter Jewitt, RFA; and second air mechanic George Jewitt, RFC.

 

Harrogate Herald - 4th July 1917

W H Breare letter

His Sergeant-Major announced Sergeant J W Abbott as a prisoner of war. The military authorities returned him as wounded and missing on the 3rd of May. He is a Beechwood Boy. Today (Tuesday) his mother, Mrs J F Abbott, of 26 Spring Terrace, Oatlands Mount, Harrogate, called with a letter from Abbott saying he was a prisoner in Germany. Good news, you see! A letter from him appears in another column. Pop Jewitt, another Oatlands boy, is in the next camp to Abbott, and Sergeant Wharton is in the same as Abbott.

 

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