Harrogate Herald - 27th June 1917
W H Breare letter
Just imagine how you would feel if you suddenly found yourself in
Harrogate on leave for the first time in two years and three months.
This is the happy situation of Private J Oldfield, RAMC, who called
to see me on Friday morning. He is the son of Mr and Mrs John
Oldfield, of Skipton, and at one time worked for Robinson's,
grocers, then for Standing's Ltd., from which establishment he
joined up. The reason why he did not get leave before is that he
first went to Suvla Bay, then to Greek Islands, next Egypt, and
finally France. After Thiepval he was transferred to another
division, and had to leave his friends George Eaddie and Wood,
who lived in Parliament Terrace, and Billy Smith, of Union Street.
These boys are all right so far. In his present division with him is
Billy Burkinshaw. On June 7th Oldfield had a touch of shrapnel on
the shoulder. he calls it "a bruise", but is quite all
right, and declares he suffered no inconvenience. You will remember
that his brother Dick was killed a year ago last November. It is
rather singular that Dick should have been sent to the casualty
clearing station to which J Oldfield was transferred and now in.
Oldfield and the Petty boys are great chums - in fact, before the
war they went to camp out at Crimple. Perhaps it was to get their
hands in, though they could have had no idea of the great affair
which was to come later. Perhaps you would like to know who
comprised that party? I van tell you. Dick and John Petty, Jesse
Scott, Maurice Broadhead, Ryan, and Chapman. All, in turn, have been
casualties; but I am glad to say are now alive and well.