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Lance Corporal Roy Purchase


Harrogate Herald - 31st January 1917


Corporal Purchase says : 

I saw a Harrogate paper today, and I was very pleased, as I always like to know all that is going on in the old town with my home being there. We are having some very cold weather here at present, but it will not always last, so roll on Summer. I think you will remember me. My home is at New Park. I had three brothers on active service as well as myself, but I am sorry to say one was killed at Loos in 1915; but it the fortune of war, and there are still three of us left. I expect there will be some skating going on over there now; that is, if the frost is the same as here. I would be very pleased if you would send me your weekly Herald, and than I could see how all the boys are going on, not forgetting Harrogate itself. Wishing you and your paper the best of luck in 1917.


Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917

Roll of Honour

Mr & Mrs J Purchase, 2 Southville Terrace, Ripon Road, Harrogate, have received information that their fourth son, Lance Corporal Roy Purchase, aged 19, has been wounded in the thigh, and is in hospital in France. It is two years since he went out with the West Yorks for the first time. He has been out three times, and was gassed December 19th, 1915. His brother, Private G Purchase, was killed October 3rd, 1915, in the KOYLI, after being out ten months. Another brother, Corporal Horace Purchase (West Yorks), was invalided home from France at the beginning of this year, and is going on well at a convalescent home in Surrey, while the eldest brother, Gunner Edward Purchase, RGA, has been in Salonica seventeen months, and before that was fourteen months in France, where he went on coming home from India at the outbreak at war.


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