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Lieutenant Frank Wilson

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 2nd January 1918

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I heard the other day that Frank Wilson had been home from France. I do not know what rank he is. I was not fortunate enough to see him. His brother Edward Wilson is a doctor, you know, and had been a long time out in France, but has now returned to his own job - something to do with the movement which fights consumption. You will remember, perhaps, that they are sons of the late Mr J H Wilson, chemist.

 

Harrogate Herald - 10th April 1918

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I have just heard that Frank Wilson has been missing since the 21st of March. You will remember him as the second son of the late John H Wilson, JP, of Wilson's, Limited, chemists. I sincerely hope we shall hear that he is a prisoner unless, better still, he should otherwise turn up well and sound. Wilson's elder brother is a medical man and has served some time at the Front; but now practising in Leeds. The sister has for a long time been doing war work, driving a military car. Frank Wilson, who is married, was a dentist before the war. Will you boys try to get me information of him?

 

Harrogate Herald - 24th April 1918

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We have not heard much news of Lieutenant Frank Wilson, who is missing. I think I told you that his company, which I believe was a machine-gun one, were all missing. One of the officers, however, was discovered on the field wounded and is in hospital in Manchester. I am firmly convinced that Frank and his comrades are prisoners in Germany. It looks as if our men, after retiring, had again advanced, when they found the wounded officer. There were no other casualties on the field, and no one else seems to have escaped, so I come to the conclusion that they were taken prisoners of war through being surrounded. I firmly believe we shall have good news of him and his comrades.

 

Harrogate Herald - 25th December 1918

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Then I have had in the two brothers Currie, Private Alexander and Driver Donald. They live at 5 Denmark Street. Alex has been twelve months out, wounded and gassed on the 28th January, 1918. This affected his voice, and he couldn't speak for three months. Ben Smith, of Hurstleigh Terrace, was with Currie, and Micky Brain, of Denmark Street. There were six of the Currie boys in the Army - one, Arthur, with the Canadians, was killed April 16th; Driver Donald was taken on the 8th September, 1914, at the fall of Manbenge. The town surrendered on the 7th September, after ten days' bombardment. In 1914 his treatment was severe, but better later. With him at the same camp was Second Lieutenant B Archer, under-chef at the Hydro, and Lieutenant Frank Wilson, and eight or nine other Harrogate boys. They were all at Mainz. Lieutenant Colonel Bousfield, who was once in charge of the 1/6th West Yorks, was likewise a prisoner there. At the same time as those boys called, Private Fred Harwood, of the 29th Battalion Canadian Infantry, came. He had been out two years and eight months, and is the son of Mr and Mrs Harwood, engine driver for the North Eastern, of 99 The Avenue, Starbeck. Harwood was in the Giessen camp. He was taken at St Eloi in the battle of the craters. With Harwood was Private W Tindale, 3rd Battalion, Toronto Regiment. He was taken prisoner on the 24th April, 1915. Been three years and seven months out. Captured at St Julien. Tindale was in Harrogate as a guest of Fred Harwood.

 

 

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