Harrogate Herald - 25th December 1918
W H Breare letter
Then I have had in the two brothers Currie, Private Alexander and
Driver Donald. They live at 5 Denmark Street. Alex has been twelve
months out, wounded and gassed on the 28th January, 1918. This
affected his voice, and he couldn't speak for three months. Ben
Smith, of Hurstleigh Terrace, was with Currie, and Micky Brain,
of Denmark Street. There were six of the Currie boys in the Army -
one, Arthur, with the Canadians, was killed April 16th; Driver
Donald was taken on the 8th September, 1914, at the fall of Manbenge.
The town surrendered on the 7th September, after ten days'
bombardment. In 1914 his treatment was severe, but better later.
With him at the same camp was Second Lieutenant B Archer, under-chef
at the Hydro, and Lieutenant Frank Wilson, and eight or nine other
Harrogate boys. They were all at Mainz. Lieutenant Colonel
Bousfield, who was once in charge of the 1/6th West Yorks, was
likewise a prisoner there. At the same time as those boys called,
Private Fred Harwood, of the 29th Battalion Canadian Infantry, came.
He had been out two years and eight months, and is the son of Mr and
Mrs Harwood, engine driver for the North Eastern, of 99 The Avenue,
Starbeck. Harwood was in the Giessen camp. He was taken at St Eloi
in the battle of the craters. With Harwood was Private W Tindale,
3rd Battalion, Toronto Regiment. He was taken prisoner on the 24th
April, 1915. Been three years and seven months out. Captured at St
Julien. Tindale was in Harrogate as a guest of Fred Harwood.