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Dear Mr. Star Man,- A few lines of thinks for the splendid parcel of tobacco received through your splendid Smoke Fund from Jack Bell’s customers. I can assure you it was very welcome to me and the boys, as we werein the trenches at the time of it’s arrival. It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that a young Moss Bay footballer called I. McQuire was killed on 22nd inst. With a whizz-bang, and two other chaps were wounded at the same time, also an officer. Young Ike was liked by everyone, from Captain to Private, in our Company, as he had a smile for everyone and was always obliging.
P.S.- We would be very thankful if you could send us a mouth harmonium to cheer us up while in our dug-outs, as we have some good players amongst the Workington boys. Hoping I am not asking too great a favour of your.(We have put Private Murray on the list; but we have no instruments. Have the Lonsdales no pals in Workington who can afford a mouth organ or two? We will gladly forward if we get the chance. – Ed. –W.S.).
—Workington Star and Harrington Guardian, Published 4 February, 1916.