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The local Comforts Committee's report for the past month is as follows: — The month has been a very busy one as regards troop trains, seven in all being met. Mrs J. "Watson and Mrs Hawke have had the lion's share in their week, meeting; four trains. I his is not auite as simple as it sounds, foxit means those on duty must watch the papers closely to see when boats arrive; then it is often a matter of guessing whether the troops, will be on a special or on the ordinary express. , We have arranged with Miss fiickey^ at the Railway Refreshment Rooms, to. provide tea and sandwiches for returning men on the train who want them. Those on duty notify her beforehand, and also take supplies of .fruit, and cigarettes to distribute. • There has been an average of tour patients in the soldiers' ward. The Matron and Ker fiftaff are exceedingly kind in the way they assist the members on duty. . Tlie Automobile Association has offered to provide a car at any time to take the boys out for a run, and several country Red Cross members'havocked them to afternoon tea. In this way pleasant afternoons are spent, the men thoroughly enjoying them. One man remarked how much better, he had slept the night after a run into the country. We have to thank our country members who have provided the muchappreciated afternoon teas, it being so much nicer having a definite place, to go to when out for a run. Sixteen complete outfits have been distributed to men all over the Cora^yThe two magazines given by the Keel Cross to the soldiers' ward are the. "Royal" and the "Windsor." MrsLill. and Mrs Gilmbur also provide- one magazine each. Owing to the faster holidays it was found impossible to carry on work with members of committee only. so three Red .Cross workers came to the rescue, viz. Miss. R. Anderson, Mrs Hawke. and Mrs Harle. These ladies'_ names have been added to the committee.

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RED CROSS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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RED CROSS Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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