Harrogate Herald - 16th January 1918
W H Breare letter
Two boys fresh from the Front have been in to see me. Sergeant W
Botterill, Machine Gun Corps, is a son of Mr and Mrs Botterill. The
father is a well-known gardener. The son has nearly three years in
the Army and 14 months out. Not a Harrogate chap with Botterill's
little lot, only about five since he went out. There are but two
Harrogate boys in his division; Barker, of Cheltenham Mount, and
himself. Botterill is what is called a transport sergeant. With him
came Private W R Wood, Army Service Corps, MT, son of Mr
and Mrs Dawson Wood, 3 Cambridge Place. The father used to work
for Lawrence and Hall, but a year ago had a stroke and has not been
able to do anything since. Tom Smith, of Denmark Street, is near Wood.
He is in the Royal Engineers. Wood is with the signallers on
communications, and has not a cushy job. Both these lads look well
and are quite happy.