Harrogate Herald - 10th October 1917
Roll of Honour
Corporal Speight, who resides at 10 Archie
Street, New Park, Harrogate, was wounded on the 20th September for
the second time. He has been wounded by shell in the hand. Speight
is a native of Harrogate and went through the South African War.
Before joining up he worked in the Harrogate Gasworks. He is now in
the 2nd Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport. Mrs Speight
received the intimation from the Records Office, York.
Harrogate Herald - 14th November 1917
Corporal Ernest Speight, who is a native of Harrogate, has
been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the battlefield.
The official report of the deed that won him the decoration says :
"During the attack this man was wounded in the left hand.
Nevertheless he led his men with great gallantry, himself accounting
for several of the enemy. Having placed his men in position he
pushed on with the greatest boldness in our own barrage to
reconnoitre, and proceeded right up to the enemy. He brought back
and was able to give much valuable information before being sent out
of the line". Corporal Speight resided at 10 Archie
Street, New Park, Harrogate, and served through the South African
War and three years in the present one, seeing over two years in
France. He has been wounded twice. Before joining the colours he was
employed by the Harrogate Gas Company.