Harrogate Herald - 21st November 1917
Pioneer A C Beer writes :
I will introduce myself first. I am the eldest son
of the Beers who lived in Parliament Terrace in the yard adjoining
your works. My father was horseman to the late Thomas Thwaites
a few years ago. My brother Andrew Beer belongs to that
section of 6th Dragoons known as one of the seven of which you have
written more than once in your paper. His photo has appeared on your
page, also my youngest brother Willie in the Life Guards, who was
wounded recently in the arm and is about to get his discharge. I was
a foreman employed by the Harrogate Corporation Highways Department
under Mr Thorpe. I laid the tarmacadam along Montpelier
Street if you remember, some little time ago. I joined that famous
troop of Lord Derby's, and being just 40 years of age got dumped
here right up against Billy Langley in Egypt. I saw that he
has mentioned me in a letter to your paper, also another "towny"
- Wilson - who was in the employ of Messrs Charles Walker
& Son as a joiner, etc. I was very sorry to lose them. They
have both moved further up from me, so now there is no one but
myself to represent Sulphurland as far as I know. I am very sorry to
see so many Harrogate lads who have lost their lives in this war,
and I hope that before many more months it will come to an end, and
let everybody get back to their homes. I see that your son, Lieutenant
Lynn Breare, had a brush with them in France, but had got all
right again. I have just come across a man called Jack Smithson,
in the MT section. He has written several letters to the local
paper. He is in the best of health and looking very well indeed.
Before joining up he drove a private car for Barker's, late of
Barcroft House, Wetherby Lane. He wishes to be remembered to you and
his friends. He has been out here for about two years.
PS - I think the Royal Spa Concert Room is the best suggestion as
regards the Kursaal, as it was know 30 years ago.