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Private E Williams


Harrogate Herald - 31st October 1917

W H Breare letter

Private E Williams, attached to an aerial employment company, called to thank me for a watch sent out by me from money contributed by the Mayoress. I am glad to hear it goes well. My visitor's mother lives in Union Street, and he has a brother, Mike Williams, who was also of the WYs, but now of a Middlesex regiment. Williams himself was billiard marker at the Crown Hotel. He came over last Wednesday, October 24th, to go before a special medical board at Oswestry, where doubtless he will be declared unfit, as he has a defective foot and cannot now march. He had rather a remarkable experience on one occasion. His company was warned of a bombardment, but he never heard it and slept throughout, whilst the rest of his companions took shelter in dugouts. J W Smith is in his company, and he met a corporal in the RFA who lives in Denmark Street, but the name has escaped him.


Harrogate Herald - 28th November 1917


A Turner writes : 

Excuse few lines, but I thought I would let you know how I am going on. You know I came into see you when on my draft leave about a month ago, with E Williams. Since then I have been out to France and got wounded in the right foot during the successful attack on Cambrai, so it didn't take old Fritz long to put me one over. I think if I had been on the other side I should have given myself up altogether. Our barrage must have sent him mad when it opened out. I am going to ask a favour of you if it is not asking too much. I know it is a lot, and it is : Do you think you could get me transferred to a Harrogate hospital? I met quite a lot of the old town boys out there. They were mostly of the -- West Yorks. I happened to be in the --. They were all in the best of health and spirits; and were eager enough to go over the top, as trench life was getting a trifle tedious. It is a lovely day down here, the sun is shining through the windows. It looks more like a grand summer's day.

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