Harrogate Herald - 25th April 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 :
Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917
Private W Parkinson says :
Just a few lines to thank you for your continued
kindness in sending me the Herald, which never fails to come safely.
We have been up the line again, but at the time of writing I am glad
to say that we are in rest billets - ruined houses. I am glad to say
the weather has improved a lot these past few days, which makes
things much better for all concerned. I should be glad if you could
send me an old pack of cards if you have any, for me and the lads,
as we could have a game or two at nights, which I have not had the
pleasure of having since I left England. I hope the weather is
better with you, and that you had a better Easter than I had, which
I spent in the trenches in very bad weather; but I have pulled
through merry and bright again. In conclusion, I hope you will grant
my request, and that you are keeping in the best of health.
Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917
I have despatched this week three golf clubs and one
dozen ball to Driver W Smithson; safety razor to Trooper A Lawrence;
playing cards to Pte W Parkinson; a parcel of woollen comforts to
Gunner J Schofield; safety razor to Bugler W H Kirk.
Harrogate Herald - 30th May 1917
Wounded - Private Walter Parkinson, WY, son of
Mrs Parkinson, 13 Pearl Street, The
Avenue, Starbeck, has been wounded.
Harrogate Herald - 17th October 1917
W H Breare letter
When I sent some playing cards to Private W Parkinson, of the
2-5th, who was in hospital at Keighley wounded, I hardly expected to
see him very soon, but I am glad to say that he looked in on me on
Monday morning, having been discharged, otherwise granted sick
leave, at the conclusion of which he will report to his depot.
Parkinson was wounded on the 3rd of May - a memorable day for the
boys of the 2-5th - in the left leg and foot. He lay out two days
and found himself in hospital May 5th, where he has been until last
Thursday. He is the son of Mrs John Parkinson, 13 Pearl Street,
Starbeck. A bullet went through his helmet and, as he puts it, he
was then "within two inches of death". Private Samuel
Abbott, of Oatlands, was missing at the same time and Sergeant
Wharton taken prisoner. There was talk of amputating the leg, but
happily that has not been necessary, though it is still troublesome.
He does not look as if you will see him out where you are very soon,
if at all. You may be sure, boys, that there is someone in Harrogate
pleased to see Parkinson home and that is his mother, who has borne
his illness so long and patiently. he is her only son and child.
Just those two! May good fortune attend them both henceforth.