There was a very large gathering at Wakanui on 'Friday evening, , to welcome home- district ■ returned soldiers, a large number not being able to get into the building. The room was tastefully decorated with flags and flowers. The chairman (Mr Frampton) briefly reviewed the' period since the first sendoff social at Wakanui. about four yea?fi' ago, and extended a hearty welcome to . those soldiers present that evening. Mr J. Cairns said that the boys who had left the ' district had done their duty, had done honour to the district, to the homes they had left, and had returned,to us, men of wide experience. He*'gave them a hearty welcome and wished tor them all a epeedy return to perfect health ".and fitness. On. behalf of the residents, -he presented each soldier with a gofil medal suitably inscribed. The recipients were: Sergt. A. Amos, Privates G. Bramley, T. Turner, J. Chambers, W. J. Gundy, W. S. Chambers, S. Cairns, J. E. Meac'am, T. S. Taylor, S. Corbett, A. C. Hands, A. S. McKay and B. Kelly. Mr Cairns added that four soldiers had fallen in battle; they weie J. Kirkness, R.. Cochrane, L. H. Frampton, -. and J. Dynes. To their parents he presented framed certificates] he said that they had fought their last battle and. had received their welcome.
Rev. Mclntyre also spoke words of welcome to the returned men, and the audience sung "For they are Jolly Good Fellows."
Privates T- S. Taylor and S. McKay replied on behalf of the soldiers. The concert programme was in the capable hands of Mrs G. H. Chapman, who submitted a very fine programme, which was much appreciated. The following contributed items:—Songs, Mrs Chapman, Misses Shurrock and Hopkins, and Mr Coker, all' of which were encored. Mr Cairns proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs Chapman and party, and the ladies handed round supper.
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COUNTY CENTRES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919
COUNTY CENTRES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919
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