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Corporal H Mount


Harrogate Herald - 7th February 1917

H Mount writes : 

Just a short note to thank you for the Herald, which I receive as regularly as clockwork every Saturday. I can tell you it does one good t keep in touch with dear old Sulphurland, although at present my chances of "touching" it in reality are somewhat remote. Still, I suppose we will have to "carry on" as usual until leave does come round. It's a pretty monotonous life out here, although I'm not badly situated as regards my little "bit", as we're behind the battalion at the transport lines. Fritz has been very quiet today, which is more or less very unusual round here. Perhaps he is waiting for the result of the Berlin conference. I don't think he'll have any serious objection to "downing tools" for good, and I fancy I know a few more people who won't mind as well. We're right in the middle of snow, but today we've had a hard frost, and the roads are quite dry and mud is most conspicuous by its absence (which, by the way, as a most unusual thing in this country - at least that's the impression we've got). We've still a few Harrogate chaps in our battalion left, although not a few have been either killed or wounded. How is Frank Allen going on now? I must close now, hoping you are in the best of health and again thanking you for the Herald.


Harrogate Herald - 30th May 1917

Corporal H Mount says : 

It really does one good to keep in touch with dear old Sulphurland, and I think the Herald can rightly claim to do this and do it well. Well, we're out at rest now, and billeted in a delightful and picturesque French village a good many miles (or should I say kilometres?) behind the line. I notice with great regret the death of Mr Rowland Ding. Both he and Mr H Blackburn provided Harrogate with some excellent sport prior to the war when the aeroplane was more of a novelty than anything else round Harrogate and district. I wonder if you have a cricket set or even a bat which you could let us have. We're having delightful weather just now, and being out at rest we have ????????????? usual for recreation. Your letter every week is read by my chums who, although not Harrogatonians, like to read the letter on account of the homely style in which it is written.


Harrogate Herald - 11th July 1917

W H Breare letter

Rifleman H Blackburn, KRR, got leave on account of illness of his mother, but he was not in time to see her ere she passed away. Blackburn is the fifth son of John Blackburn, 55 Stonefall Avenue, Starbeck. His eldest brother, William, was with the Canadians, but had rheumatic fever, and was discharged. He may be well enough later to rejoin. The second brother, Albert, is in Salonica; the third, Norman, in Alexandria; Horace, the youngest, is in Ireland. With my caller at the Front is Bob Wardman, Regent Street, who worked at the Co-op, in High Harrogate; Corporal Mount; Ireland, of King's Road; and Suttill, of New Park. Fifteen months since Blackburn was home. He is continually meeting Harrogate boys, though his regiment is a London one. It was formed by the late Earl of Feversham.


Harrogate Herald - 16th January 1918

H Mount says : 

We're out in the land of organ grinders and ice-cream vendors (although up to now we've seen neither). However, I'm sure all the boys appreciate the change from Flanders. I used to think they had all the mud over there, but we still manage to get a fair share out here. The mail here has been very irregular since we entered this country, but whenever the mail has arrived I've generally managed to secure the local news of good old Sulphurland in the form of the Herald. I take this opportunity of wishing you all a happy New Year, and success to the Herald for the coming year, and I hope that before the New Year is very old it will ???? unnecessary to send the Herald out here.


Harrogate Herald - 13th March 1918

The following are men who have sent us the Army post-card thanking Mr W H Breare for the Harrogate Herald, and briefly stating that they are well and have received papers and parcels, or those whose letters do not contain anything of special interest :

H Mount


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