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Captain Arthur Norbury Solly

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 18th April 1917

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On Friday afternoon I was taking one of my customary airings in front of our building, when I happened to see some distance away Mrs Solly. I had not heard from Dr Solly for some time, and I had been wondering how he was getting on. I was not near enough to make the enquiry, which I had to postpone. In he afternoon who should walk in, just when I was telephoning the latest war news, but Dr Solly. I suppose I should call him Major, as that is his rank. I was delighted to see him, and we had a most interesting chat. The day before (April 12th) was his birthday, likewise anniversary of his wedding day, and just two years since he went out to the Front. He was home now for a short rest, because he had had an attack of influenza. I found the Doctor looking very well, however, and in excellent spirits. His experience at the Front has been varied. He has been rushed off to all parts, sometimes on a hospital train, at other times to various bases. I heard from Dr Solly that Dr Nimmo Watson was occupying a responsible post out yonder, and kept very busy. He was all right.

 

Harrogate Herald - 18th April 1917

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I don't know whether I told you or not that we had a good view of an aeroplane a few days before. There was quite a wind, and as we watched the graceful course of the machine we rather wondered that it could stand so much. It passed our building in the direction of Birk Crag dead against the wind. Then it made a rapid turn, and flew towards Knaresborough at a speed I have not seen equalled. You, and Harrogate people generally, will be interested to know that the aviator was a son of Dr Solly. I cannot tell you anything about the machine. It was a splendid sight, and gave us one of the most interesting demonstrations we have seen in Harrogate. I was told the aviator either performed looping of the loop or some other wonderful manoeuvre that made people catch their breath.

 

Harrogate Herald - 22nd August 1917

Roll of Honour

We record with deep regret the death of Captain A S Solly, of the Royal Flying Corps, who met his death in action [11th August 1917] in France. Two days previous, his brother, also an officer in France, heard of Captain Solly's whereabouts, and the brothers met near the lines. Captain Solly was killed on the British side of the Front, and his brother attended his funeral. Captain Solly, who had seen much service in France, was wounded about twelve months ago. He was 23 years old, and was the son of Major Solly, RAMC (TR), and Mrs Solly, of Strathlea, Cold Bath Road. A short time ago the brilliant flying of an airman over Harrogate was the admiration of the spectators below, and the interest was subsequently increased when it turned out that the intrepid airman was Captain Solly.

 

Harrogate Herald - 22nd August 1917

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It was late last Tuesday that I heard of the death in action of Dr Solly's son, Captain A S Solly, RFC. Even now I have no particulars. He was a fine specimen of young, English manhood. We are all so sorry for his father, mother, and the rest of the family. The father, Dr Solly, has been out a very long time doing highly skilful work to save the lives of other people's boys. It does seem hard, does it not, that he should lose his son of whom he had so much reason to be proud? The ways of Providence are indeed inscrutable. I ought to tell you that Dr Solly has worked so hard and for such a long time (all through the war) he was obliged to come home for a rest. But there, I need not attempt to indicate to you how much we owe those good-hearted, skilful Englishmen, our surgeons and physicians, who are sacrificing everything for the good of the nation. Boys, let us take off our hats to them in gratitude and admiration.

 

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