Teesdale Mercury 4 AUGUST 1915 – Page 4:
'Lieutenant Roy H. Helmer, of the signaller? Staff was present at the Barnard Castle Police Court, on Wednesday, having a homely ? with members of the bar. He arrived into Bramshot Common, Hampshire and will join the Overseas’ Expeditionary Force at once.'
Teesdale Mercury 20 OCTOBER 1915 – Page 5:
'Lieutenant Roy H. Helmer is at the base, and Second-Lieutenant Bleaden, of the 17th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, nephew of the Rector of Romaldkirk, has joined the overseas’ expedition force. Ten officers of this regiment have gone abroad.'