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AUCKLAND, May 5. Auckland accorded a cordial welcome home to General G. S. Hichardson, who was aboard the Remuera. He was met on landing by Maior-General Robin, the■■ Mayor of Auckland (Mr J. H. Gunson), Colonel Potter, officer comr manding the district, and the'^hair-. man of the Harbour Board. Returned soldiers paraded at. the wharf and were drawn up in platoons. On behalf of the returned .soldiers the president of the Auckland Returned Soldiers' Association presented General Richardson' with an address of welcome, after which a procession was formed and amid dense crowdß General Richardson proceeded to the Town Hall, where he was accorded a civic reception. In his reply to the returned soldiers General Richardson said he felt really that praiso.- was due only, to those ,who had sacrificed their lives in;.'.the. war. Second to tliPKe men came those who had been permanently disabled. He was euro lie and every other officer would do his utmost on their behalf. He hoped that when Sir Andrew Russell and others returned they would be given an equally cordial welcome. As a soldier he had nothing to do with politics, and he deplored the fact that discharged soldiers in Britain had split themselves up into a number of political organisations. He disapproved of political activities of this kind. Concinuing, he said the rest of the New Zealand force would be out of England in September. Inquiry had shown that 50 per cent of those in England Had not been guaranteed employment on their return to the Ikraiiuion. He hoped that the men would be assisted to settle into civil life when they returned.

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GENERAL RICHARDSON WELCOMED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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GENERAL RICHARDSON WELCOMED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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