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A posthumous award of tlie Croix de Guerre has been made to the late Sergeant F. Hyland.'of Ashburton.

The death is announced of Bishop Stretch, of Newcastle (N.S.W.), who recently rehired.

Mrs J. Mackenzie, Ashburton, has received private advice that her husband,. Private J. Mackenzie,, is returning to New. Zealand on the Arawa. Private Mackenzie left with the 21st Reinforcement.

| LieuteniinV J.-W, Crampton, New I Zealand Permanent Staff, has vacated., 'the .appointment >of * officer-in-charge, Military Detention Barracks, Wanganui, and has been appointed' area officer, Group No; 20, Wellington Military -District.'. ■ ■ ' ' ' . : '*.

The election of office-bearers of the Orange Grand Lodge of New Zealand resulted as follows:—Right Worshipful Grandmaster, Bro. J. R. Dickson, M.P. (Auckland) ;'■ Grand Deputy Master, Bro. A. Noble (Invercargill); Grand. Chaplain, Worshipful; Bro. Rev. G. Knowles ;S'mi^.';(Welington), (re-elect-ed) 7;' Grand: 'Secretary;. 5 Worshipful Bro. E. ! N. ' Budden (Palimerston North) ; Grand Treasurer, 'Worshipful Bro. A. McFarlane (Invercargill); Grand Director Ceremonies^ 'Worshipful. Bro. J. MciDorild Johnston (Auckland); Grand Senior Deacon., Bro. J. Marrow (Wellington) ; Grand Junior Deacon, ' Bro. D. Steptoe (Wellington). . *

A farewell'social was tendered by the members and adherents of the Aldington Methodist Church to the iUtv. and Mrs T. W T[ Vealie and family prior to their departure for Ashburton. Mr Vealie has been superintendent minister of the Addington circuit for the past five years, and by the recent conference was appointed to Ashburton with the office of chairman of "the South Canterbury district. Mr J. Sinclair, the oldest member, presented Mr Vealie with a handsome roller-ton,desk in oak as a toko nfrom the church. During 'the evening Miss Doreen Vealie was presented with a book from the Sunday school, and at a recent meeting of the Ladies' Guild the members presented Mrs Vealie with a beautiful tea service and tray.

At the Orange Lodge banquet last evening, Bro. \Y. Thompson, who recently .vacated the secretarial chair of tho Star of Ashburton Ijodge, was presented with a .travelling rug, to which was ■ attached a silver plate, with the following inscription: "Presented to Bro. W. Thompson from Star of Ashburton Lodge, ,in recognition of his faithful services . as secretary." Rev. Bro. Liddell made the presentation, and,' in doing so, remarked that the recipient had carried out his duties with credit to himself and to the institution. In returning thanks Bro. Thompson said he was initiated in 1891, and saw the lodge grow from about a dozen members ■to 115, the present membership. In 1894 he was elected Deputy Master, in 1895 Worshipful Grandmaster, taking up tlie duties of secretary in 1901, a position he retained until the end of 191 S.

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PERSONAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919

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PERSONAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919

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