Second Lieutenant H
Harrogate Herald - 6th
W H Breare letter
Not many ,men have had leave of late, and so my
callers have been few. You can understand that I was pleased on
Wednesday to have visits from three of our lads. First was
Drum-Major G Procter, master of the brass band of the Beechwood
Boys. he is of the firm of Procter Brothers, Tewit park garages.
That establishment is closed now, because both brothers are serving
their country. They will have to go on our list showing the men who
have given up their work and business to fight for the homeland.
Drum-Major Procter was in splendid form, and had a good deal to tell
me about the Beechwood Boys which I cannot put in print. It is
something of a coincidence that he should call just after I sent
that gramophone to the Beechwood lads. While he was still with me in
walked Second Lieutenant H Lupton, also of the Beechwood
Boys. he is a son of Mr William Lupton, surveyor to the
Knaresborough Rural District Council. These two had much to talk
about, and I heard many familiar names in their chat. Lieutenant
Lupton has been wounded twice. He is rather pale, but seems to
be getting on well. he was transferred to the Beechwood Boys from
another unit. As some of you know he makes a fine figure of an
officer. His manner is quiet, but determination is behind it, and we
all know that such boys are there when wanted.
Harrogate Herald - 30th January 1918
Mr H Lupton, formerly assistant master at
Bilton Council School, in November, 1927, was promoted to
Lieutenant. He went out to France again, and joined the West Yorks,
but not his original battalion - the Beechwood Boys. He was admitted
to hospital early in December, suffering from shell shock, sent to
Blighty 30th December, and is still in hospital in London, where he
is now progressing favourably, and was able to get up for the first
time this week.