The Cliertsey hall was well-filled on Friday night, when a welcome home social was tendered to Privates K. Stewart, V. Wilkinson, F. Alexander, P. Murphy, and G. Kellec. Unfortunately, however, Private Kellec was unable to be present. T_e hall was decorated with flags, and the proceedings were of a most enthusiastic nature. The presentation of gold medals to the soldiers was-made by Mr James Cow, of, Ashburton, and Messrs. Millar and R.Croy also delivered addresses of welcome. ' ' *
■*' Mr Cow gave utterance to some very trenchant remarks concerning the people's duty to the returned men. He stated that we were axit to blame th c Government for everything, but iii a democratic community Aye must remember that we were the Government. And what were we doing for the men? We were putting them on the poorest of land on terms makingi it .impossible for them to succeed. The Government should present each-soldier farmer with an armchair and. mirror, so- that he could sit down in comfort and see himself starve. When the time came . for .cheers to the men Mr Cow asked that no one should cheer who was not prepared to put his hand down deep into his pocket and help the soldiers in their civil life.
Private F. Alexander lias the distinction of being one of the few New Zealanders to have won a Russian decoration. On Friday night, in addition to the gold medal from Cliertsey admirers, he also received a present of a case of pipes. On behalf of the men Private V. Wilkinson responded.
A vote of sympathy with the relatives of the fallen soldiers was carried in silence, all present standing for a few moments.
Songs were sung by Mr and Mrs Chapman, Misses Behrnes and Quinn, and Mr H. Gill. Mr Todd, of Ashburton, recited. The dance music was played by Mr W. Rankin, assisted by Misses Haydock and Dbwnie. Mr H. Gill acted as secretary, and carried out the arrangements in a very satisfactory manner. \
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CHERTSEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
CHERTSEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919
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