Harrogate Herald - 17th January 1917
Private Frank Croft writes :
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still
alive. You will see by the address that I am at my base again.
Excuse me not writing before. I suppose I must tell the same old
tale - "Awfully busy". Anyhow, this letter is being
written at a most unearthly hour. It is now 2 am, and they will be
singing out for the next sentry very soon, so let me fill one page
for you if I van. I got a very pleasant surprise while in hospital
this time. I had the good fortune to drop across a Harrogate chap.
You will most likely know him. His name is Oddy, and he lives
in Providence Terrace. His father had a hairdressers shop in Station
Parade some time ago. he will be in Blighty now. We had some good
time together. How he wanted a Harrogate paper. He asked me if I had
got one almost every time I passed him. By the way, I have only had
one sent down from the battalion. Perhaps they enjoy it as well s I.
Please don't alter the address. I expect joining the again very soon
now. May I, if I am not too late, wish you, you wife, staff, and all
connected with sending the paper, every success this New Year.
Hoping this finds you all in the best of health.
Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917
W H Breare letter
I had news from lots of Harrogate boys when Private G Eaddie,
RAMC, came in last Friday, from Elmwood Street. He has been out
since July 4th, 1915. Before the war he was twelve years with Maxwell
Grayson, wine merchants, James Street. Of the six lads who
enlisted and went out with him, only one remains, and that is Wood.
Eaddie has been at the Dardanelles, Suvla Bay, Egypt, and now
France. He came home on leave on Tuesday of last week, and returns
today. He met Johnson, who worked for Knowles, wine
merchant, Parliament Street; likewise E Tindall, who was with
us; Sergeant Birkhill, J W Smith, H Lockwood,
who, by the way, is reported missing, and Dent, named
"Major", as well as Oddy, Ted's son. The last two
he saw only three weeks ago, and they wee well. Then he has seen Harry
Robinson, Taylor, Syd Dawson, and Simpson. Robinson
and Simpson were in the Salvage Corps. Eaddie met Frank
Jackson at Suvla Bay, and was the only Harrogate man Jackson
had met. Eaddie attended the ambulance classes, with Jackson,
under Dr Campbell Ward. Although the last two soldiers were
training in Sheffield at the same time, they never saw each other
until Suvla Bay. Private Eaddie wishes to be remembered to
all his old friends, wherever they may be.