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Corporal Ernest Speight


Harrogate Herald - 10th October 1917

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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.


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