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The largest number of returned soldiers vet entertained at Lismore were the guests of honour at a social held on Friday evening, when nine soldiers were welcomed, the list comprising Lieutenant C'reswell, Sergeants J. J.

Mulligan, G. Mulligan, and J. Addis, Corporal V. Mulligan,' Troopers G. Scales and D. Bell, arid Privates R. Fletcher and W. Ross. As several friends of the men had lent some beautiful large flags, the school looked very gay, evergreens and flowers adding also to the effect. The school was filled to its utmost capacity with relations and friends. ;

After a short musioal programme had been given, the chairman (Mr J. A. Fleming) extended a hearty greeting to., the guests of the • evening from the people of Lismore. Mr Lister, who had been chairman ~&f >±.h£-J?striotic Society for over t\yo*"fears 'then called the'men forward and presented each with a leather suit-case. Each of the recipients responded and thanked the people for the handsome gift. , . .■

Lieutenant Blathwayt, as head of the CounEv Defence Office, also welcomed the men home, and said that it gave him much pleasure to be '■ present at such a gathering, as he took a great interest in every man who had gone from the County.

Other speakers were Messrs Ferriman and Simpson and the Revs. Johnstone and Feron. Mr Jaine, of Carew, also spoke, and explained that in the case of Lieutenant Cresswell it was a joint welcome from Lismore and Carew.

As four of the men had been away for four years, and three had returned during ; the last week—two even reaching Lismore only, a few hours before the entertainnierit^and, in addition, many of them had spent the greater part of their lives in the district, the enthusiasm was intense, and very hearty applause greeted each speech. Suitable patriotic songs by the young girls also helped to brighten^the proceedings.

Just before supper the chairman said that he had another pleasing duty to perform in asking the Rev. Mr Johnstone to unveil a picture recently presented to the school by Mr L. de C. Malet. now resident in England. Since leaving the Dominion, Mr Malet. had continued to show a keen interest in the district, and this was the third occasion on which he had sent out a most interesting picture for presentation to the school, His Majesty King George being the subject of the first, and Lord Kitchener of the second.

In unveiling the presentation, Mr. Johnßtone explained that it was a reproduction of a picture by F. 0. Salis-., bury, painted expressly for the Admiralty, the subject being the death scene of John Travis Cornwell, V.C.; of H.M'.S. Chester; a boy of "16 years, who. in the battle of Jutland, when all the .gunners had been "disabled and himself mortally wounded, refused to. quit. his post, but stood in an' exposed position till the last.

Besides being of Historic interest, the picture is beautifully tinted, and should be much valued by the school. After supper, dancing was indulged in till the small hours, Miss Sims, of Mavfield. and Mr Cormac supplying the music, and ,Mr H. Galletly, of Maronan, discharging the duties of M.C. in his usual efficient manner.

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NEWS AND NOTES. LISMORE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919

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NEWS AND NOTES. LISMORE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919

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