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Sapper J W Makin

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 22nd December 1915

J W Makin, writing to Mr W H Breare, says : 

Dear Sir, I am sending these few lines to thank you for the Herald, which I receive regularly every week. It brings news of men who, though only a few miles away, we never see. Our Division is now in training or in military parlance, "Having a rest". I thought we had left all the din and noise of battle behind us, but I was mistaken. There's a regiment firing its course not far away, but at night all is quiet. No guns to sing us to sleep. It's a grand change after twelve months in or near the lines. I desire to take this opportunity of wishing my friends at home a merry Christmas and a happy New Year - that includes yourself, Mr Editor. In your Herald of December 1st you ask for suggestions for what to put in a parcel. Two things that Tommy wants are English-French dictionary (with pronunciations) and a small electric pocket lamp. I hope to be in Harrogate on seven days' leave some time in January. I shall then have the opportunity of thanking you personally for the Herald. Wishing you every success.

 

Harrogate Herald - 22nd December 1915

Wednesday Gossip

I have a rather unusual case of a lonely soldier. A Harrogate soldier, J W Makin, writes me to say that the soldier in question during the last 14 months has been his comrade and pal, and proved himself an excellent soldier. He is absolutely alone, and has no place to go to when he obtains his leave, which he expects to do shortly. Is there one amongst my readers willing to put him up and make him welcome during his brief stay in England? If so, I will furnish the address.

 

Harrogate Herald - 22nd December 1915

W H Breare letter

J W Makin makes a very good suggestion. He asks good people at home to send out French-English pronouncing dictionaries and electric pocket lamps. I can imagine that both these things will be extremely useful, especially the dictionary. The electric, too, you boys will find of the utmost value in some of the dark corners in which you find yourselves. Trooper H Matson wants a gramophone. This is rather difficult to obtain and to send out. However, I will try and see if it can be done.

 

Harrogate Herald - 28th November 1917

W H Breare letter

Then, too, I have had Sapper J W Makin, RE, who has been home on 14 days' leave. He is married and his wife is staying in Leeds. Makin was apprenticed to Stott and Alcock. He has been three years in France, kept well, and, as he puts it, "never been touched". His brother, Arthur Makin, of the Yorks Hussars, is at Bridlington. He is a shoeing smith by trade, and is in training at the present time. Sapper Makin is engaged on light railway work. You know, those things that run up the rations and ammunition to the firing line. As you are aware, his work is not without danger. Unfortunately I did not happen to see Makin, but Hornsey was in my office to receive him, and he got these particulars from him. I am hoping yet to meet Makin, if not this time, trust I shall do so on a future occasion, and that before long.

 

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