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Private Bernard Middlewood


Harrogate Herald - 30th May 1917

W H Breare letter

Mr Middlewood, of 1 Duncan Street, New Park, Harrogate, would be glad to hear news of his son, Private Bernard Middlewood, who has been missing since April 4th last.


Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

Roll of Honour

Amongst others reported missing are Private B Middlewood (WY), of New Park, Harrogate; Private F Hayes; Private A Smith, Mornington Terrace, Harrogate.


Harrogate Herald - 10th October 1917

Roll of Honour

Private Bernard Middlewood, son of Mr Middlewood, 1 Duncan Street, New Park, Harrogate, is a prisoner of war at Limburg. His brother, Private C Middlewood, has been wounded and is in hospital. Bernard in a letter home says that Lang, of New Park, was taken prisoner at the same time as himself, along with two or three more Harrogate lads, but they have gone to Germany.


Harrogate Herald – 29th January 1919

Repatriated Prisoners

Private B Middlewood, son of Mr and Mrs T Middlewood, 1 Duncan Street, New Park, Harrogate, who joined up in May, 1915, was captured at Bullecourt [ 6 British-Australian divisions with 12 tanks of Fifth Army break into strongly fortified village 14 miles west of Cambrai and break through Hindenburg Line switch at Quéant ] on 3rd May, 1917. he was engaged on heavy railways first, and his rations consisted of 300 grammes of bread and a small quantity of thin vegetable soup each day. They were than taken back 25 kilometres to make munition dumps and railways. Meanwhile things were made pretty lively by the Allies airmen. After five months they were mustered up at Marchines and taken to Friedrichfeld Camp and then by rail to Gustow. Here they were examined by a doctor, and those fit for work were sent to farms and down the mines. Those unfit were marked for hospital work. He remained here for six weeks, and was then transferred to an officers' camp at Furstenburg. Here he did well and received all his back parcels, though it was over nine months before he received any parcels or letters from home. Like other prisoners, Middlewood experienced some rough treatment behind the lines, the guards resorting to their favourite method of butting them with their rifles on the slightest pretext, whilst French people who endeavoured to give the prisoners food were similarly treated, and even fired at through their windows.


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