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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 22 June 1940, page 6:
NEWS OF SOME LOCAL SOLIDERS
Almondbury Man a Prisoner of War
Mr. E. Harper, of Westgate, Almondbury, has received news that his son, Private Eric Harper, is a prisoner of war in Germany. Private Harper himself has relieved the tension at home by a letter. Mr. Harper had been notified by the War Office that his son was missing in Norway and nothing further was heard until the arrival of the letter from the son. Before joining the Army in October last Private Harper was employed Messrs. W. E. Jowitt, St. John’s Road.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 26 April 1945, page 3:
BACK HOME FROM PRISON CAMPS
Back in Almondbury
After having been a prisoner of war in German hands for nearly five years Pte. Eric Harper, of Town End, Almondbury, arrived home safe and well early on Monday morning. Pte. Harper was taken prisoner in Norway on April 22, 1940, while serving with the 1/4 King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. It was not until he reached Huddersfield that he learned that his father, Mr. E. Harper, had died only six weeks ago.
Pte. Harper was released when the American Ninth Army overran Saltzwedel on April 13, and he was later taken to a reception camp in Brussels. From January of this year up to the time of his re-capture he had marched a distance of 500 miles.
Pte. Harper speaks well of the work carried out by the Red Cross. From 1941, with the exception of two periods due to the congestion of the German rail system, he received a Red Cross parcel weekly. Before joining the Army Pte. Harper attended the Almondbury Zion Methodist Church. He was employed by Messrs. W. and E. Jowitt, Fitzwilllam Street.