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Private R H Oram

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 17th January 1917

Letters

Private R H Oram writes : 

Just a line to let you know that I am in the best of health as usual, and to thank you for the papers received. I also received one of those "War Souvenirs", and I think they are delightfully interesting. I am afraid the authorities have forgotten my leave altogether, as I expected to be home for Xmas, but, as usual, unlucky, but I just awaiting the word "Go", which may be anytime now. I should be greatly obliged if some of your home readers would be so kind as to send me out a small letter and number stamp. It would be most useful to me here. I have hundreds of letters, parcels, etc., to go through daily. The sort of thing I require is a small rubber stamping set for such endorsements as (Not 2 1BD), (Returns), (9th Battn. Front), and so on. So if anyone would kindly oblige me with the same, it would be both helping my comrades to get their mails without delay, and save my pencils, handwriting, etc. I hope everything is just the same at Harrogate, and hope to be able to see the old town once again very shortly.

 

Harrogate Herald - 21st March 1917

The following are men who have sent us the Army post-card briefly stating that they are well and have received papers and parcels, or whose letters contain views that have repeatedly been expressed by other correspondents, but show their friends that they are all right :

Private R H Oram

 

Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917

Wednesday Gossip

Among the articles despatched to soldiers at the Front this week are a football to Rifleman H Blackburn; body cord to Bandsman Thompson; razor strop and case to T Ellis; 42 pairs of socks to Lieutenant Colonel J Walker, DSO, in France; mouth organ to Private R H Oram; Pathe records to a ship's company in the Mediterranean.

 

Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917

Letters

Private R H Oram, writing to Mrs France, 16 Dixon Terrace, [Frederick France, 16 Dixon Terrace] Harrogate, expresses his thanks for papers received and is delighted to hear she has had her boys home. When things quieten down a little he hopes to get over and thank her personally for her kindness. His leave has been cancelled three times. He sends his best wishes and thanks to Mr W H Breare.

 

Harrogate Herald- 31st October 1917

W H Breare letter

To R H Oram

I am sorry to hear that your application for discharge has not been sent forward, I hope, however, that your eyesight is improving, likewise your general health. Never mind, Oram, take it from me everything happens for the best. You may not see it now, but you will realise it when you experience those compensations, which you undoubtedly will, to square the other side of the account. In the meantime keep smiling.

 

Harrogate Herald - 16th January 1918

W H Breare letter

I have received the names of more local men who were at Mons. Bombardier F Cooper, Royal Field Artillery, of 142a King's Road, went out in August, 1914, with the Regular Army, and was in France until wounded at the early part of last year, and is now at North Wareham. R H Oram was the only Harrogate lad with the Scottish Rifles at Mons. Sergeant A Burrows, son of Mr S Burrows, Plompton, Knaresborough, was with the Army Service Corps that arrived in Belgium on August 10th, 1914. He was there and in France for three years and four months, and is now in Italy. Naval Air Mechanic J H Graves, son of Mr and Mrs H H Graves, of Fewston, was acting as driver for the Army Service Corps at Mons, and is entitled to the medal. Corporal S S Coop (Lancers), son of Mrs Coop, 21 North Lodge Avenue, New Park, Harrogate, is another local soldier that fought at Mons. The first Harrogate man to win the DCM, Private J A B Bennett (who, by the way, is now full corporal in a cavalry bride), and Sergeant Kay, who were formerly with the 20th Hussars and 6th Dragoon Guards respectively, are both Mons men. Lance Corporal Randall E Robinson, who has had four birthdays at the Front, and whose parents reside at Westcliffe Terrace, is another. He has been right through the war and wounded once.

 

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