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Lance Corporal Walter Palliser


Harrogate Herald - 1st December 1915

Among our correspondents this week is Lance Corporal Walter Palliser, of the 9th West Yorks Regiment, whose portrait we also reproduce. He was a clerk at Messrs Marshall and Snelgrove's, James Street, Harrogate, before joining the Army.


Harrogate Herald - 1st December 1915

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Lance Corporal W Palliser, 9th West Yorks


Harrogate Herald - 1st December 1915

Lance Corporal Walter Palliser, of the 9th West Yorks Regiment, who was clerk at Messrs Marshall and Snelgrove's, Harrogate, before joining the Army, and whose portrait we publish today, has written a letter to his sister, from which we take the following extract : 

October 27th, 1915. Dear Eva, Just a line or two to say that I am all right at present, and hope I shall remain so. I hope you are all right. Of course, we get it a bit rough at times. I got a shrapnel bullet through my bayonet scabbard, but a Miss is as good as a mile, isn't it? I wish you would send me some writing paper and envelopes, as, of course we can get nothing here. Do not send any tobacco, as we get it issued to us. Wish you would also send a small notebook, Eva; also a box of white precipitate ointment, as it eases the face after shaving. I think that is all I require. PS - I wish you would also send a magazine and a newspaper or two, as it passes the time away when we have a bit to spare. Also please send the enclosed pc to Mrs Russell, who sent some cigarettes to us. She used to come to Marshall and Snelgrove's a great deal, if I remember rightly. Another inspiration, Eva. Would you mind also sending a small tube of toothpaste or powder, a pipe, and a small mirror.


Harrogate Herald - 22nd December 1915

Lance Corporal W Palliser says : 

As one who lived in Harrogate for some time prior to enlisting, I thought I would venture to drop you a few lines which may interest your readers. At the present moment I am in the trenches and the terrible Turk is not far away. I have been out here about six weeks and am settling down to it. "Familiarity breeds contempt", they say, and I think that saying applies to shrapnel and other shells. Taking him all round, I think the Turk is a cleaner fighter than the German. He is a "foeman worthy of our steel". The contrast one finds here is vividly striking. The first night I was in the trenches I looked over the trench and the beauty of the sunset was positively alluring. It made a perfect picture with the ????? heights of the peninsula and adjacent land silhouetted boldly against the red sky. A few minutes passed and the shadows ???????? and suddenly the ground shook with the shock of the explosion of a shell on the Turkish trenches. It was from one of Britannia's watch-dogs. It was the forerunner of many more, and the earth trembled with successive shocks, and gradually old King Sol sank in the West, as if anxious to hide his face from the scene. But it is war, and the watch-dogs will watch and the earth will tremble until Britannia emerges triumphant. Now I must close. Perhaps you think it presumption on my part, but I would so much like you to send a Herald now and then if you could. It is refreshing to read of doings in the beautiful town of springs. With best wishes.

[We have put Lance Corporal W Palliser on our list to receive the Herald weekly]

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