Harrogate Herald - 4th July 1917
W H Breare letter
The wife of Private Harry Wood has received a
letter from her husband, who is a prisoner in Germany. It took over
a month to come. This is the first direct communication from him.
She received first news of his being taken prisoner, through a
comrade who was with him in Germany.
Harrogate Herald - 19th December 1917
W H Breare letter
It is Sunday morning, and when I got up I found about an inch of
snow on the ground and fine flakes still falling. When I looked
through the letters this morning there were six postcards from
prisoners of war in Germany. Sometimes these come in batches after
considerable delay. With every parcel that goes is enclosed a reply
postcard containing the date of the parcel sent and these queries :
"Have you received your parcel regularly? (2) Were contents in
good condition? (3) Is your address as shown on the other side
correct? If not, please enter your correct address below". By
these postcards we know whether the boys receive the food or not.
You would like to hear who those cards were from, so I will tell
you. There were two from Private H Wood, 27791, 16th West
Yorks, one of which was dated October 17th, the other October 20th;
from Corporal A Hall, 200860, 2/5th West Yorks, there were two dated
October 2nd, October 6th. The dates I have mentioned relate to the
time when the parcels were sent from this country. The date of
despatch of Hall's cards was November 5th the lot of them. The date
when Private Wood sent his two cards were October 17th and
20th. Then there were two cards from Private T Lang, 2 Company, West
Yorks. The parcels they acknowledged were sent September 10th and
September 27th. These postcards were written October 28th. We
receive such cards regularly. I mention these because they have just
come to hand.