have just come to hand regarding two local soldiers, and with
regret we hear that one is seriously wounded and the other
has been taken prisoner.
young man who is wounded is Pte. George Abrey, who at the
outbreak of war left the employment of Mr Smith, of Hinderclay
Hall, to enlist in the 3rd Suffolks. Being an intelligent
young man his course of training was of the briefest period,
and a few months after enlistment he joined a draft for the
front. He spent several lengths of time in the trenches,
including a stretch of nine days. Upon the 9th of May his
parents received a field service postcard stating that he
was wounded, and upon the 11th of May he arrived in England,
and was sent to a hospital at Cardiff, where it was thought
he was recovering, but upon the 6th of June his mother received
a letter to say complications had arisen, and his leg had
been removed, and that he was upon the road to recovery.
Pte. Abrey has two brothers serving in his Majesty’s
soldier taken prisoner is Pte. Arthur Calton, a young married
man, who re-enlisted at the outbreak of war. Pte. Calton
had previously served several years in the Militia, and was
a good shot. His stay in England was also very brief, and
upon arrival at the front he went straight to the trenches.
From that time little was heard of him, although some who
were in the engagement wrote home saying that they believed
he was killed. A little over a week ago his wife received
a letter from him saying he was a prisoner of war, but was
quite well. Pte. Calton has one brother serving in his Majesty’s
Forces, and one has just been discharged as medically unfit.
An elder brother lost his life during the South African War.