Harrogate Herald - 26th September 1917
W H Breare letter
On Saturday also, John Wilson, naval wireless
operator, son of W Wilson, who has attended so many years at
the foot of the staircase which leads to the Grand Circle of our
Opera House. He lives at 60 Mayfield Grove. I saw Wilson last
Easter, and I think he is looking fitter than ever and remains his
own jolly self. Wilson brought with him a mess-mate of his, R
Parry, signalman, whose home is at Egham, Surrey. A nice bright chap
with frank engaging manners and a typical seaman. After two or three
days with his friend in Harrogate, Parry was going home for the rest
of his leave. Wilson told me that he had met Clifford
Webster, but had lost sight of him for a time; he had also seen
Harrogate Herald - 17th April 1918
Acknowledging the Herald, J Wilson, telegraphist on HMS
Greenwich, says :It is one of the great pleasures worth looking for.
I may tell you that it is fully appreciated, so here's the best of
luck to you and the staff of the Herald for anymore. I see by the
war news that a brighter side is now appearing, so we mustn't lose
out faith, because he lads out in France will not fail us, and never
will. Oh, by the way, I ran across a Harrogate fellow a few days ago
– in fact, he is in board here; his name is Hodgson, son of Mr
Hodgson, boot repairer, who resides somewhere in the region of
Starbeck. We have had some long yarns together about dear old
Sulphurland. Now, since I was last home, which was September, I've
come across a number of Harrogate fellows. They are all quite close
to me, so often have talks together. If you remember when I was home
last, I had a pal with me, R E Parry; he sends his best wishes to
you and the staff. What do you think of the new rationing scheme? I
think it should have been adopted long before now – not to have
waited till it was absolutely necessary. At any rate, I hope it
proves a great success. How do you manage now with darkened streets?
I suppose by this that you're becoming quite accustomed to it. My!
Won't it be great to have peace here, and all lights full on, etc?
we shan't know what to do. The result of the Tank was very good.
Bravo! Harrogate. He result was, I believe, well over a million
pounds, and still subscriptions come. I believe you had bad weather
for Easter. What a contrast with us. It was absolutely glorious,
almost like summer until yesterday.