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SOLDIERS' BEQUESTS.

FDRTUNES'-'LEFT BiIHINDJ; !; ''{ Over and-over" again" we were told, by some of the Australian Labour leaders [that the war was a capitalists-'- war, I.writes : -. "Searcher" in the Melbourne uArgus. .By...that'they meant, that; capi'tliU&ts of all countries had plannedtthe .•h,olocaust- for their own enrichment.. As "far-as-the British Empire is concerned-,, those : who were born with silver spboxiS' •in -their -mouths rushed to 1 offer thewr lives, the youth, and their health tol their country just as readily as any other section of the community. They did so freely long before there was any compulsory service, in any part of the British Dominions, and in the records iir which their wills'are effectively hidden from the gaze of the man in .the street, there :are conic striking figures illustrative of their wuselfishness. :

Last year alone thetie 1 were lodged at' Somerset House, London,, the wills .of no fewer than 54* young: naval and military officers, each of whom left an estate of over £50,000. A few of them were many times larger-. Majjen*''Evelyn de Rothschild,. Bucks-. Hussars-, who died from wounds in Eg~xpt r $&r m~ stance; left property estimated at £500,000, and- Major. Miles Barnes, Suffolk. Yeomanry,- who died from ivpuiuTs lii France, had an-estate valued afe miofioo. „-..„, ■:■;,-■ : ■"Scores".and . scores-or the. Empke's best, placed sons \vho: in. peace enjoyed to the full their youth, their health, aaid their ample fortunes, have given their lives; some of their wills show that in face, of the realities of war and .the danger of death their thoughts wenfc back 1! to their schools, to their regiments, and to the dependants of the gallant soldiers they led. Captain L. P. Clay, of the Yorkshire Dragoons-,, who , vrm killed in. Francevearly last year, left £200 to the Endowment Fund! of Harrow school, and. £150 to thasame school for an annual. prize orprizes for-.the boy or, boysreonsideredby the headmaster to be most efficient in general knowledge. Lieutenant W. Ashcroft;, Liverpool. Regiment, whose' life was- cixt off in France at the early »gje/of; 36; bequeathed £500 for the beiiefit pf any fund for a war memorial, for TJirkenhead school. Captain G. J.. Siuefoir, Black Watch, killed in action in April last, when only 21, left £SGO to the officer commanding the Ist BattsalioH Black Watch for the benefit of the members thereof, whether past, present, or future. These are typical' instances of young officers' though tf ulness, and many more- could be cited. .Perhaps an even deeper sense of the sorrow and suffering the war haa meant for the relatives of the Tommies was 'shown by. Majioir 11... C. F. Pollock, 32nd Lancers, Indian Army -.(all Indians except 'thff. liighei" .■ officers),: .--jwho # £500 to the 'i-cigiment, to be- in the twp! years follovving his -death for the. :ben^6£' of .the regiment, and r £150 to •His' native orderly, .in recognition °flong' ftiiii faithtul' service. sueB v.be^uest. was by Major T. H. Bai;-;. '"clay K " of the Surrey 'yeomanry,- who was 'drowned at sea whilst,;on active service, and left £230 on.trust for non-, comniirfsioned officers and men who had been v hurt or 'disabled in mind andbody * during, the present war. The. lar- • gest .bequest of this kind was by Lieu-itenant-Cdlonel R. P. Lewis, Manchest«r regiment, who died from shell woundatri Flanders, He left £2000, t0 thb' 2nd"'Battalion, 'Manchester Regiment- for the benefit and comfort, of the, of&cers and men during the war ! and thereafter for the...widows of the nveh,"£soo to the same battalion, for a painting on canvas depicting soq;e I act of valour,, £500" for a broTTze models ; for th<* officers mess depicting some-act !. of. valoiiiv and £100 for a similar bronze ?model '£or the npn-commissioned pffircers' dims. Gunner H. iP. Strong,.who Wa^ killesd in Friince, left £1000 in. trust during the life of his wife."to apr ply.the income for a treat for the children of Chfelsea and district schools^. . Banateadi, such treat to consist ofi sweets^ S;trawberri'es, or a visit to > the pantoaiime, arid to be in the nature-ot. a s-ufprta©-." ".-. ... . . But of all the generous gifts by young, officers the highest note of.patniotisniiis struck in the will of Sub-Lieut. JVE. Willis, R.N.V.R., who was killed ■in France. , His total,estate,\Vas valued at, only £861, but out" of this he left £300 to. v His Majesty, "humbly, requesting. His Majesty to apply the same in the reduction of the, National' Debt."

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SOLDIERS' BEQUESTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919

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SOLDIERS' BEQUESTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919

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