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Lieutenant Colonel J Walker


Harrogate Herald - 25th April 1917

W H Breare letter

Mrs J Ernest Powell called to see me, and told me she had had a letter from her friend Lieutenant Colonel J Walker, DSO, commanding a Division of Field Artillery. The Colonel had asked her if it was possible to send out for his men some socks, as they were badly in need of them. These men are just now in the thick of it, and would welcome the socks. Colonel Walker recruited a thousand men and trained them in Harrogate and Ripon. I had socks enough on hand to send a first consignment, and I am going to ask, in the Gossip, my Harrogate friends to contribute more socks, so that I may be able to send other parcels later. I shall retain in my office sufficient to meet the daily demand for a couple of pairs or so from boys at the Front and relatives at home who cannot afford in these war times to purchase for their lads.


Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917

Wednesday Gossip

Among the articles despatched to soldiers at the Front this week are a football to Rifleman H Blackburn; body cord to Bandsman Thompson; razor strop and case to T Ellis; 42 pairs of socks to Lieutenant Colonel J Walker, DSO, in France; mouth organ to Private R H Oram; Pathe records to a ship's company in the Mediterranean.

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