Harrogate Herald - 17th January 1917
Private W White, prisoner in Germany, writes
to say he has received the parcels, and expresses his thanks for
Harrogate Herald - 25th December 1918
W H Breare letter
I had three soldiers in to see me on Monday. First
came Private A G Trowsdale, son of Mr and Mrs Trowsdale,
Knaresborough Road, who was just about to return to France. He is
now doing guards at GHQ. He was wounded, and has been back just
twelve months. His brother, it will remembered, won the Military
Medal. He is now in Italy, and hoping to be over soon on leave.
Private Frank Smith is with the Trench Mortar Company. He was exempt
until last October. He assisted his father before the war in his
cabbying business, and stood on the Montpelier stand. He has no
Harrogate men with him, but Burton, of Masham, is in his lot.
Private G Beckwith is one of three brothers serving, the sons of Mr
and Mrs Beckwith, 13 Regent Grove, Harrogate. He joined up in
January, 1915, and went to the Dardanelles, then to Egypt, and next
to France. He met with an accident, and was sent to Nottingham
Hospital. After discharge he was sent to York, from there to Ripon,
then to Whitley Bay. He is going all right. His brother, Sapper H W
Beckwith, joined up at the beginning of 1917, and for a time
followed his trade as a shoemaker in England, but is now in Ireland.
Harry, a younger brother, went out to France in March, and is with a
pioneer battalion. Private Pert gave me a call, likewise Private
W White, of the KOYLI. He went to Egypt in 1915, and came back
to France the following year. He was mentioned in despatches, but
being a miner has been discharged. He has been gassed, but remained
Harrogate Herald – 15th January 1919
Private W White, KOYLI, formerly of 4 Willow Grove,
Bilton, now of 20 East Street, Fitzwilliams, near Wakefield, has
received a letter from his captain intimating that he has been
awarded the DCM. He had previously been mentioned in despatches.