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CHORLTON AND AKALOA.

Considering tbe small population of the district; and many unable to get away from dairy ties, tbe young volunters for active service represent a good quota for tbe district. On Tues. Aug. 4, 1914, there appeared in the papers a oall for volunteers, and by Saturday seven bad sent their names in, viz : Oscar, Bernard, Ralph and Guard Wagborn, Leßter Priest, Claude Knowlee, and Melville Kay. Oscar, Ralph and Guard Waghorn left with the Main Body, the others being unable to get past the Defence Staff. Tbe late Lester Priest went in the "3rd Reinforcements. William Gale, engaged on Mr Arnold Ware's j farm, went into training for the 4tb, but, owing to measles, he didn't leave New Zealand till tbe sth Reinforce ments, and was attached to the Can-

terbury Mounted Rifles, Claude Konwles left as a private with the Canterbury Mounted Infantry of the 6th Reinforcements. Bernard and Clarence Wagborn, Willie Bailey and Charlie Prie9t are attached to tbe Canterbury Mounted of the 9tb Reinments. William Priest and Stanford Bodges, of tbe E.L.0., are in training at Rangiotou, and expect to leave shortly. Tbis list cf soldiers up to eleven, and to this can be added Private Harold Priest, who left with the Main Body He was working in Otago at the commencement of tbe war, and joined the Otago Battalion. Melville Kay was turned down in Christchurch because of bis shortness, and at the end of the busy season he journeyed to England, and is now in training there. Victor Craw also en listed, but was unable to pass the doctors, and Alvyn Craw bas entered i his name on tbe list cf those willing! to serve, but has not been medically examined. Sidney Waghorn has also passed the doctor. Last, but not least, is Arthur Rutter, second son of Mr Arthur Rutter, of Cborlton, and grandson of tbe late Mr James Boleyn, of Btony Bay, He is only a youth of some eighteen years, and after spend ing a year at the Technical College he was apprenticed to tbe engineering tradp, and at the time of enlisting he was making a rapid progrers, gaining several certificates at the Canterbury College evening olasses. He admits he is young, but thinks everyone must do their share to bring this war to a dose. He enlisted early in November, and was passed as medically unfit-, bis cheat measurement not being up to standard. Feeling downhearted, but not discouraged, Le set about to remedy matters by taking a oourse at Hornibrook's. Each time he presented himself at the medioal exam, for reoruits he was advised to oontinue his exercises and come again, and after a number of attempa he finally passed, and jubilantly left with the Canterbury Mounted of the 11th Reinforcements, and is now in camp at Tauherenikau. Trooper Rutter's per. severance is a splendid example to many other young men of the Domi nion who are banging back hoping the war will be finished without their aid. Ha has heaps of grit, and only needs tbe camp training and discipline to develop stamina to make him a worthy soldier of the British Empire.

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CHORLTON AND AKALOA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3514, 18 January 1916

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CHORLTON AND AKALOA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3514, 18 January 1916

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