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The troopship Willochra, which arrived last night, was passed as a clean ship, and berthed at a quarter past two this afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather to-day was cold and showery. Trie returning troops, however, were given a hearty welcome. The steamer Duchess this morning conveyed round the transport about a thou-. sand school children, who sang to and j cheered the men. ' The Auckland men went north by special train this evening, and the southerners left by the Mararoa. The Nelson-Picton steamer was kept back until 3.30 p.m., enabling the men for those districts to catch it. Officers and men report that they experienced an excellent voyage, being accorded the usual hospitality when passing tkrough the Panama Canal. Shortly after leaving England a number of influenza colds were experienced, but these rapidly disappeared, and there was no further sickness.

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WILLOCHRA'S DRAFT ARRIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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WILLOCHRA'S DRAFT ARRIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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