Harrogate Herald - 17th January 1917
Writing to Mr J R Ogden, acknowledging receipt of Xmas
parcel, Private A Harrison says :
I see by the Herald you have done the same for several other
chaps, a lot of whom, I am pleased to state, I know personally, and
to say further were old chums together at Oatlands Mount under Mr
Wilde. I may state I have been invalided home twice now - once
last year, 1915, from the Dardanelles, and this time from Salonica.
In all my travels I have only met two chaps from the old town - one
called J Oakley, from Oatlands Mount, and another from
Starbeck, but, unfortunately, I forget his name. I often see letters
in the local paper from lads at the various theatres of war, and I
feel pleased to know of their welfare, although I have been unable
to communicate with them. I think Fritz is on his last legs, and, no
doubt, will soon "throw up the sponge". Anyhow, time will
tell. I sincerely hope you and your family are keeping well.
Personally, I am going on nicely under the circumstances. My
complaint is rather a slow one. Once more thanking you.