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Huddersfield Examiner 18 May 1940, page 3:
HUDDERSFIELD MEN IN NORWAY FIGHT
Second-Lieut. R. B. Smailes Among Missing
Alderman Thomas Smailes, of Huddersfield, Chairman of the Education and Public Library and Art Gallery Committees, has received an official intimation from the War Office that his son, Second-Lieutenant R. B. Smailes, is reported missing in Norway.
Second-Lieutenant Smailes was in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, which, with other Yorkshire regiments, distinguished themselves by their valiant stand against superior forces in Norway.
Several Huddersfield soldiers have been reported missing in Norway. They belonged to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and were each twenty-one years of age. They are:
Private E. Harper, son of Mr. Edgar E. Harper, of Westgate, Almondbury.
Private Frank Candler, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Candler, 5a, Back Oak Row, Bradley.
Private C. King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom King, 69, Northgate, Almondbury.
Private Stanley Warner, son of Mrs. Warner, 2 Woodside Cottages, Pymroyd, Milnsbridge.
Private Harper, a much respected member of Zion Methodist Church, Almondbury, joined the Army in October last. Before that he was in the employment of Messrs. W. E. Jowitt, St. John’s Road.
Private Candler, who in civil life worked for Elliott’s Bricks, Ltd., Lepton, played for Bradley United Football Club.
Private King was formerly employed by the British Dyestuffs Corporation.
Private Warner was for two years a conductor on Hanson’s buses. He joined the Army last October, and was home on leave a month ago.
Said to be Prisoner
According to a German wireless announcement, Private W. Cartwright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cartwright, of 68, Longwood Road, Longwood, is a prisoner of war. His parents had earlier received a notification from the War Office that he was missing in Norway. He is twenty-one years of age, and was in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Before going to Norway he had served in France. Second-Lieutenant Smailes was his officer.
Private Cartwright was a member of the second eleven of Dalton Cricket Club. He was employed by Messrs. David Livesey, Crowe Lane Works, Milnsbridge, before joining the Army.
Huddersfield Examiner 15 June 1940, page 7:
NEWS OF SOME LOCAL SOLIDERS
Longwood Man Writes from Germany
The first letter sent by Private Walter Cartwright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cartwright, of 68 Longwood Road, Longwood, from a prisoner of war camp somewhere in Germany was received by his parents on Tuesday. Private Cartwright was reported missing by the War Office during the campaign in Norway, but his name was later announced by the German wireless as a prisoner of war.
In his letter Private Cartwright tells his people not to worry, and adds that things might have been worse. He says that he is in good health, and that he is well treated. The letter is dated April 4.
Private Cartwright, who is twenty-one years of age, was in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Before going to Norway he served in France. Second-Lieutenant R. B. Smailes, who is also a prisoner of war in Germany, was his officer.