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Private Charles Winterburn


Harrogate Herald - 28th February 1917

Roll of Honour

Private Charles Winterburn (West Yorks), son of Mr & Mrs R Winterburn, 27 Tower Street, Harrogate, has been wounded, and sent to a military hospital in Birmingham. The details of the incident are given in the following letter to his parents : Dear Mother and Dad, Just a few lines, hoping to find you in the best of health, as it leaves me just moderate at present. I hope that I shall soon feel better, as it is all right here - just like coming from hell to heaven, as they are very good to us, and there is no bully and biscuits here. I shall be a long time before I can eat them, as the jawbone has slit, fractured, and septic set in the wound. They are always dressing it both night and day. Well, dad, I am sorry that I could not get a bit nearer Harrogate, but, thank God, I have got back to Blighty. Just at the last minute they put a coal-box over where we were, killing two and wounding other seven, but I was one of the luckiest. As soon as I found out I was hit I put the field dressing on and off I went. But they didn't half give us a sorry time as I was coming out, but I made the best of it. I only had four miles to walk to the dressing station, so, thank God, I could walk. The others couldn't walk, and they would be a long time behind, but I didn't think I would get to Blighty.


Harrogate Herald - 25th July 1917

W H Breare letter

Driver T A Ushaw, of the Canadian Field Artillery, is a nephew of Mr and Mrs G Appleby. Mr Appleby, you will remember, is a late school attendance officer. Ushaw has been seven years in Canada, and came over with one of the contingents. Opposite him one day on board ship he saw two familiar faces, but he had not the opportunity to make himself known because he couldn't recall them. Whilst he was at Whitley he saw these same two Harrogate Canadian boys' photographs in the Herald, and then was able to place them. Young Whitehead came over at the same time as Ushaw - one of the two brothers Whitehead, the son of Mr Jack, who was killed in action. Ushaw is just out of hospital, and shortly will go to a reserve regiment. His home is in British Columbia, where, too, Sydney Mallinson resided. Sydney used to be in the Penny Bank at Harrogate, but is now in the Canadian Forces. Ushaw has seen Syd Draper, of the Royal Field Artillery; Charlie Winterburn, Norman Keighley, Starbeck, and might have met many more had he known they were in the vicinity. Ushaw has the real Canadian spirit, and I enjoyed his visit very much.


Harrogate Herald - 17th October 1917

W H Breare letter

Another caller has been Drummer T Curry, son of Mr S Curry of our staff. He looked in to express his thanks for the Knaresborough Post which he receives regularly. He is in the office of the headquarters of the West Yorks. C Winterburn, Calvert, and Harry Surr are three Knaresborough chaps of the same battalion. All are well, I am glad to say. Tom O'Brien, a Harrogate chap, is likewise in his battalion. Curry had ten months in the trenches before going to headquarters, and has been out 18 months. He joined two years ago.


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