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The French Farm schoolroom was crowded on Thursday night when a farewell social was tendered to Trooper Jim Wright, second son of Mr. Luke Wright, who leaves with the Eleventh Reinforcements. There was a very large attendance, including visitors from Akaroa, Duvauchelle, Barry's Bay, Wainui. A party of visitors from Ilfracombe House, Akaroa kindly assisted with the musical programme. The whole proceedings were enthusiastic throughout and the chairman Mr. J. Donovan is to be congratulated on &he ecscelk&t

way in which the social was carried out. Mr. Donovan opened the social with a short address in which he explained the object of their meeting together and welcomed tke manyvisitors. By request Rev. A. H. Julius then delivered an address on the present position of the War Songs were given by Trooper J. Wright, Ben Wright, Miss Lovell-Smith, Mr. Robbie (of Dunedin), Mr. Clark and his little daughter Miss Ruby Clark, piano and violin duet Misses H. and D. Wright. Marseillaise, Mr. L. Brocherie. Mr. G. Arm--strong. Mayor of, Akaroa, then presented Trooper' J. Wright with a wristlet watch given by the French Farm residents. In doing so he wished Trooper Wright a pleasant voyage and a safe return. He spoke in high terms of the way the French Farm boys had turned out and said they were an example to the rest of the Peninsula. Mr. Armstrong then made a presentation to Mr. Ben Wright who had volunteered and had been unable to pass the Doctor. The presentationo which was , made on*behalf of the French Farm people, consisted of a razor. The Rev A. H Julius then presented to Mr J J Donovan, chairman of. the French Farm School Committee a New Zealand Ensign on which were embroidered the names of the French Farm boys who had enlisted. The flag which is a very handsome one was worked by Miss B Wright of Tikau Bay and sold at the, Duvauchelle Carnival, It was afterwards re-purchased by four French Farm residents to be used and-kept at the French Farm school, At the close of the programme, Mr Robbie, on behalf of the other visitors and himself expressed. their pleasure at being able to assist and their appreciation of the enthusiastic patriotism shown throughout the whole proceedings, The National Anthem was then sung, A sumptuous supper, followed by a dance brought a successful function to a close,

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FAREWELL TO TROOPER JIM WRIGHT, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3524, 22 February 1916

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FAREWELL TO TROOPER JIM WRIGHT Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3524, 22 February 1916

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