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Sergeant E Reynard

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 29th December 1915

W H Breare letter

Many of you will remember Corporal E Reynard, who was employed by the Gas Office before the war as a meter inspector. He is a fine figure of a soldier, a man of intelligence and cultivation. By the way, he tells me he sings, though he has done no singing while he has been out there. You boys who are near him better get him to tune up. Reynard came in to see me and brought his good wife, both of whom I was pleased to welcome. He has been out since the first, and had not been home on leave before he came on the 17th. He went back on the 24th. He told me that Corporal W Curry, formerly a postman, was in his Division and he had seen him. Curry's mother lives in Denmark Street and his wife in Willow Grove. I believe Reynard's Division was the only one that went straight through from Antwerp up to and through the Loos affair. Reynard looks well, is quite happy and contented in his patriotic duty. He was under Haig, for whom he is full of admiration. Reynard says he is a second Kitchener.

 

Harrogate Herald - 16th January 1918

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I am going to tell you about a most interesting family. It is that of Sapper P Reynard, of 12 Chatsworth Place, who has called to see me. He is one of a family of fourteen, whose members are scattered all over the world. He joined up over 19 months ago, and has been out 13 months. With him are Cooper, of Starbeck, and Richardson, from New Park, who was employed at Johnson's Motor Works. Reynard was formerly a fireman on the North-Eastern Railway. His brother, Sergeant E Reynard, you may remember, was killed. I told you at the time what a fine man he was, and I had rightdown affection for him. He was employed as gas meter inspector before the war. There is another brother of Reynard's (Frank Reynard), who is in India; another who was with the Canadians has been discharged and gone back. Still one other brother has been in the Australian Artillery three years on the Belgian front, now sick, and in Leeds Hospital. This one was with Mr Fisher, jeweller, James Street, Harrogate, before emigrating to Australia. You see by this that three boys have all had something in them, for they have made good wherever they have gone.

 

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