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Lance Corporal Fred Petty


Claro Times - 8th October 1915

Lance Corporal Fred Petty, 10th York and Lancaster Regiment, and Private John R Petty, Royal Army Medical Corps, two of the six sons of Mr and Mrs J R Petty, who are now serving with the Army, were wounded slightly at the attack on Loos, but they are both now returned to duty.


Harrogate Herald - 27th October 1915

The marriage took place on Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Harrogate, of Driver Harry Petty, Bridge Department, Royal Engineers, fourth son of Mr and Mrs J R Petty, of Nydd Vale Terrace, Harrogate, to Miss Olive West, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs H West, of 64 The Avenue, Starbeck. The ceremony was performed by the Rev T Sunderland, minister of the church. The bride, who was given away by her father, was prettily attired, and was attended by Miss Edith Petty (sister of the bridegroom) as bridesmaid. The best man was Corporal George Petty, 2nd West Yorkshires (brother of the bridegroom).

The bridegroom, who was home on a few days' furlough, returned to France on Monday, where three of his brothers - Private Fred Petty, 10th York and Lancasters; Quartermaster R Petty, 10th West Yorks; and Private John R Petty, Royal Army Medical Corps (64th West Lancashire Field Ambulance) - are serving their country. The best man, Corporal G Petty, fought at Neuve Chapelle, and was eight months in the trenches. He was invalided home a short time ago as a result to an accidental injury to his knee whilst in the trenches, and he is recovering at the Royal Bath Hospital, Harrogate. The youngest son, Private Ellis Petty, 2/5th Loyal North Lancashires, Royal Army Medical Corps, is stationed in Kent. Happily not one of Mr Petty's soldier sons, with the exception of Corporal G Petty, have met with any mishap.


Harrogate Herald - 3rd October 1917

W H Breare letter

I haven't seen any of the Petty boys for some time. The other day Driver Harry Petty called, and I was able to hear something of his brothers. You know Harry Petty is the son of Mr & Mrs J R Petty, of 21 Nidd Vale Terrace; the father of an old Volunteer and a good rifle shot up to advanced years. Petty had seen Dr Dimmock's chauffeur, but he couldn't for the life of him remember his name. Petty has been in touch with his brother Ellis for about seven months, so this has been pleasant for him. Ellis Petty is with Ernest Usher, commonly called Dick, son of Mr J Usher, and brother of Harry Usher, the DCM winner. Ernest has received a commission in the Heavy Machine Gun Corps, which includes the Tanks. George Petty, the quarter-master, is at Whitley's; he, you may know, has been wounded. Fred is at Sunderland, wounded and unfit. Dick has joined his old battalion, the 10th; John is in St Nicholas Hospital, Harrogate; Harry is the fourth son. This completes the fine record of the family's service.


Harrogate Herald - 28th September 1955

The funeral of Mr Fred Petty, of 19 Franklin Mount, Harrogate, who died on Monday of last week took place at Stonefall Cemetery on Wednesday. The service was conducted by the Rev H Chatterton.

Mr Petty, who was a Harrogatonian, was one of the family of ten children of the late Mr and Mrs John Richard Petty. He served his apprenticeship with his father, who was a master painter and decorator, and later he and a brother ran a business as painters and decorators for many years.

For several years before his retirement Mr Petty was a member of the staff of Marshall and Snellgrove, of James Street.

During the 1914-18 war he served with the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. He had a life-long interest in sport and in his younger days he played with the United Methodist football and cricket teams.

Chief mourners were : Mrs F Petty, widow; Mr F Petty, Mr J Petty, and Mr G Petty, sons; Mr and Mrs W Booth, son-in-law and daughter; Mr and Mrs G Petty, brother and sister-in-law; Mrs E Lamb and Mrs E Reid, sisters; Mr R Petty, brother; Mr and Mrs A L Jackson, brother-in-law and sister; Mr E Petty and Mr H Petty, brothers; Mrs M Gay, Mrs E Thomas, Mr E Gay, Miss N Armon, cousin; and Mrs T H Pocklington, cousin.

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