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Private J A Scott


Harrogate Herald - 30th May 1917


Private J A Scott writes : 

Just a few lines to thank you for your kindness in sending me the lovely mouth organ, which I was very glad to receive; and will you kindly thank Mr or Mrs Robinson, of Knaresborough, for their kindness in giving it? Tell them I was delighted to have it, for it will pass many a dull hour away, and after a hard day's work it is delightful to have a bit of music. I only know one Harrogate lad. It is Arthur Tattersdill, late of the fish shop in Skipton Street. [Fried fish dealer, 44 Skipton Street] We met at York, and we have been together ever since. We have been at several places in France, and at present are working together on a big railway dump. It is extremely hot here, and we get some heavy work at times. The blossom on the hedges and fruit trees is lovely. I notice particularly the absence of birds here, but the heavy guns are often roaring away, so I think that is the reason they have left. I have been at a few places in France, but have not seen anything to come up to the good old town yet.


Harrogate Herald - 27th June 1917

W H Breare letter

Just imagine how you would feel if you suddenly found yourself in Harrogate on leave for the first time in two years and three months. This is the happy situation of Private J Oldfield, RAMC, who called to see me on Friday morning. He is the son of Mr and Mrs John Oldfield, of Skipton, and at one time worked for Robinson's, grocers, then for Standing's Ltd., from which establishment he joined up. The reason why he did not get leave before is that he first went to Suvla Bay, then to Greek Islands, next Egypt, and finally France. After Thiepval he was transferred to another division, and had to leave his friends George Eaddie and Wood, who lived in Parliament Terrace, and Billy Smith, of Union Street. These boys are all right so far. In his present division with him is Billy Burkinshaw. On June 7th Oldfield had a touch of shrapnel on the shoulder. he calls it "a bruise", but is quite all right, and declares he suffered no inconvenience. You will remember that his brother Dick was killed a year ago last November. It is rather singular that Dick should have been sent to the casualty clearing station to which J Oldfield was transferred and now in. Oldfield and the Petty boys are great chums - in fact, before the war they went to camp out at Crimple. Perhaps it was to get their hands in, though they could have had no idea of the great affair which was to come later. Perhaps you would like to know who comprised that party? I van tell you. Dick and John Petty, Jesse Scott, Maurice Broadhead, Ryan, and Chapman. All, in turn, have been casualties; but I am glad to say are now alive and well.


Harrogate Herald - 13th March 1918

The following are men who have sent us the Army post-card thanking Mr W H Breare for the Harrogate Herald, and briefly stating that they are well and have received papers and parcels, or those whose letters do not contain anything of special interest :

Private J A Scott


Harrogate Herald 24th April 1918

The following have sent postcards thanking for the Herald and stating they are well :

Private J A Scott


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