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Willie Walker


Harrogate Herald - 18th July 1917

W H Breare letter

Saddler John Walker, AOC, whose shoemaker's shop in Skipton Road you will remember, called on Saturday. He left France on Thursday morning, and got home the next day. Before leaving he saw Willie Walker, also a saddler, who was very fit, and sent his kind regards to his friends at home. Walker had rather an anxious time with septic poison in the little finger for two months - anxious because the surgeons were talking about amputation. Fortunately that has proved unnecessary, though the finger will always remain just a little out of, shall I say, line? Walker is married, and has one child, a boy of seven. Perhaps you may remember Johnny's father, who was steward of the High Harrogate Working Men's Club. There is such a demand for what is termed tradesmen - blacksmiths, electrical workers, fitters, you know - that such are continually being drawn out of the firing line. I presume that is why even the older tradesmen from home are desired by the military authorities. Tradesmen at the Front are working in day shifts and night shifts - always working.

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