Harrogate Herald - 13th June 1917
W H Breare letter
I had a further pleasant surprise, on Thursday, when Private
Ireland, of the KRR, looked in. he came only the night before, so he
had lost no time in coming to see me. This is the first leave he has
had in thirteen months. By the way, he told me that Trevor,
of Harlow Oval, was with him, likewise W Kendall, whose
father is engaged at the peat baths of the Royal establishment here.
Ireland enlisted at the same time as Benton and Turner,
one or both of whom worked at Mr Hales' wine merchant, also Ingham,
who, I believe, was at the George Hotel, but is now invalided home. Turner
was killed the first time over. At St Eloi, Ireland's lot
were over first. You will remember that I had occasion to mention Ireland's
mother at a time when another son of hers was wounded, and she was
anxious about him. As soon as Ireland reached me he asked me
if I had received his letter. As a matter of fact, I had not seen
it, but thinking it was amongst a number I had still to peruse, I
said I had not seen it yet. It turned out his letter did not reach
me until Friday morning. So you see he arrived before it. I gathered
one important point from Ireland, and it was that some of the
boys did not like to ask me for things they really needed badly.
Now, I would say to you lads; I hope you will not let any such
mistaken modesty prevent you from telling me. Please understand it
is a pleasure to my readers and us all to be able to find out those
things of which you stand in need. A large number of people promptly
scan the Gossip column and the "Boy's Letters" on
Wednesday morning on purpose to ascertain what they can send out.
They would not, for the world, have you feel any obligations. If you
are pleased with what you get that is quite sufficient happiness for
them. You know yourselves that if you do a good turn to a pal you
feel very happy and comfortable inside afterwards. Well, your
friends at home have just the same sensation.