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SEND-OFF TO AKAROA RECRUITS.

On Wednesday evening, the Mayor and Councillors, of the Abaroa Borough, on be* half of tho burgeapes, made a preßontat'on of thr<e wristlet watohea to Ronald Mottranj, Arnold Virtue and Eric Julius, who left for Trentham yesterday morning. In making the presentation, the Mayor said he was pleased to have the opportunity of wishing the boys God speed, fie was sure they wonld be a credit to the Dominion and to their parents. New Zealand might well be proud ot those of her bods who have gone forth to do homage to the Empire. Thoee men who were able-bodied and fit for < service and who were not answering the call would be remembered in after days aa "shirkers" Those who, like the three present, were going forward to help to carry the old flag to viotoiy, would be extolled in the years to come. Hβ spoko of the grand country New Zealand was. and of the privations their forefathers had suffered in baild. ing up the country's prosperity. Hβ and his colleagues wished (hem all a happy voyage and a safe return This was not a time for words, and he agreed that deeds spoke more than words every time* (Applause). The Mayor then banded to the recruits three wristlet watches. Be ea'd that the present was not a very valuable one; but he hoped they would take it as a memento, and that when they were far away they would remember tbat those in Akaroa were watching their progress with interest and wishing them every success.

Mr T. Lewitt, Deputy Mayor, said he was proud to see another batch of recruits leaving Akaroa, knowing as they did the difficulties and privations they had to face in soldiering. It was a great thing to join in this wur en. the side of those who were protecting the small nations from oppression by a greater piwer. He was sure these recruits would uphold the traditions ot New Zealand as those wbo had gone at first bad done; He alluded to the landing at the Dardanelles and the great difficulties overcome. He hoped they would have a good trip, see Eome fighting and return safe and sound.

Mr L. J Vangioni said that it gave him great pleasare to be there that night to fare, well the three boys wbo were leaving to help defend the Empire. He hopad that they would soon come back and have all tbe Germans badly beaten.

Mr C. Hall alluded to the number of his old pupils wbo had left on active service. Hβ said tbat the British Empire would always be safe in spite of overwhelming odds as long as that spirit which animated thu boys was to ba (encountered. He wished them publicly farewell, God speed,and a safe return

Lieutenant Mottram tendered the heart* felt thanks of the recruits for the gifts ot watches. He appreciated, as did also hie mates, the opportunity given to his genera tion to go out and fight for tha Empire They would have been disappointed if tbey had been too old when the trouble come, They also appreciated the kind things the Mayor and others had said about them, and hoped they would always live up to them. - Mr Arnold Virtue said that though Mr Mottram had spoken for them he felt that be must give his personal thanks. He considered it exceedingly kind of tbe Akaroa people to make him this presentation, as it was eight years since he had lived in Akaroa Like bis other mates, he would try and up hold tbe work done by those gallant New Zealanders who had stormed tbe heights of the Dardanelles. He again thanked them for their kindness.

Tbe Mayer again wished them all God speed and a safe retu-n, and all joined in singing "For They are Jolly Good Fellows."

Mr Virtue then called upon tbe other two recruits to join him in giving three cheers for the older men who had entertained them. He knew they would be only too willing to go to the front were they of military nge. He called for three cheers for those whoee hearts were willing, but whose age debarred them from Roing. After heeity obeers had been given tho meeting b.oke up.

Te9terday morning a number of towns, people assembled and cheered tbe three recruits who left by car for Christchurob. en route to Trentham.

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SEND-OFF TO AKAROA RECRUITS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3473, 9 July 1915

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SEND-OFF TO AKAROA RECRUITS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3473, 9 July 1915

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