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Rifleman Arthur Midgley

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 11th July 1917

Roll of Honour

Rifleman Arthur Midgley, of the West Yorks, is missing from the 7th of June. His wife, whose address is 8 Coronation Grove, Harrogate, would be glad of information from boys at the Front.

 

Harrogate Herald 25th July 1917

Mrs A Midgley, wife of Rifleman A Midgley, West Yorks, on Wednesday last received the official notification from the War Office that her husband was killed in action on June 7th abroad, locality not stated, having been previously reported missing. Before the war he was employed at the Wellington Hotel, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, for eight years as hall porter. He joined the Colours on July 17th, 1915, and went out to France on Christmas Day of the same year. He was wounded last September and was invalided home to England. He went out to France for the second time on April 26th, 1917. the King's message of sympathy accompanied the report. The deceased soldier, whose home was at 8 Coronation Grove, Harrogate, was 39 years of age, and leaves a widow and seven children to mourn his loss.

 

Harrogate Herald - 1st August 1917

W H Breare letter

Rifleman Arthur Midgley, formerly of the Herts (last attached to the West Yorks), was reported missing on the 7th of June, 1917. A War Office report has been received saying that he is reported killed. There is but one letter from his comrades, and that contains no evidence whatever. All that we know is that he is reported killed by the War Office. Now, I should be very grateful to you boys who could give me any information about Rifleman Arthur Midgley. In the absence of direct evidence I am steadfast in the hope that he may be a prisoner of war. Do what you can, lads, in the way of news, for his wife and family. It will give you pleasure to know that a little son of Midgley's, who is lame, has won a scholarship at the Harrogate Technical School. He has to go to school from Oatlands Mount, and so it has been arranged that he shall ride down in the bus. Very nice, isn't it?

 

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