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An official Peninsula welcome was tendered to Tr«*»_»er Tom Warner, son of Mr W. Warner, of Wainui, and Corporal .Percy Arnold, son of Mr Amos Arnold, of Wainui, at the Wainui Library on Friday evening last, when one of the most enthusiastic Peninsula gatherings was held.

Tlie Library was beautifully decorated for the occasion by Mr Doubleday with flowers, flags and greenery, and the Avords "Welcome to Our Returned Soldiers" m red and white.

Mc T. Conway occupied the chair, and the Revs. J. W. Hayward A. H. Julius, and Geo. Armstrong, Mayor of Akaroa were on the platform. In spite of the wet night there was a very large attendance from all over the Peninsula, and all the returned Peninsula men were present who could possibly attend. The Library was crowded to overflowing. The evening was opened by all singing the "Old Hundred" then followed by a prayer given by Rev. J. W. Hayward. The chairman then asked Rev. A. H. Julius to say a few words. The Rev. Mr Julius welcomed home the two men and expressed the joy of the community that they had been spared to return to their own homes again. He referred to the titanic struggle in which these men had taken part. He said in New Zealand we hardly realised there was a

war raging in Europe, but m the Old Country where air raids and submarine disasters were taking place close at hand they realised what the struggle meant. The Rev. J. W. Hayward also gave the men a hearty welcome home. , The representatives of the Loyal Good Intent Lodge, Akaroa in regalia then made presentations to the two men. Bro. C. Hall secretary of the Akaroa Lodge said they were proud that in the Oddfellows Lodges in the Lyttelton district every man of military age who could pass the doctor had joined the reinforcements. He welcomed the two men. Bro. T. Lawrence, P.P.G.M.i and Lyttelton district representative also welcomed the boys home. 9 Bro. C. W. Leete, P.P.G.M., made a presentation to the returned men as the oldest member of the Akaroa Lodge. The presentation consisted of a sash as part of the regalia which will be suitably inscribed to commemorate the occasion for which it was given. Corporal Arnold is a member of the Akaroa Lodge and Trooper Warner a member of the Barry's Bay Lodge.

The chairman called upon Mr G. Armstrong to make a presentation on behalf of the residents of Wainui,

Mr Armstrong welcomed the two men home and congratulated them upon having done their "little bit". He said every eligible man worthy of the name of Empire should go forward and) fight for his country, and those men who kept their sons back were not fit to enjoy the advantages of the Empire. When victory came it would not be due to those men who stayed at home but all the credit of it would be due to the -men like those two present that evening who had borne the brunt (cheers).

Mrs G. Armstrong then decorated the two men with handsome badges arid gold medals commemorative of the Gallipoli Campaign with a map of the Peninsula on one side and congratulated them. Mr G. Armstrong also presented each man with a cheque of £52 each from the residents of Wainui. Corporal Percy Arnold thanked the residents most heartily on behalf of Trooper Warner and himself for the presentation made to them. The two men were most heartily cheered, all singing "They are jolly good fellows." The chairman and Mr Hugh McDonald also spoke welcoming the men home on behalf of the residents of Wainui. . The proceedings were closed with a prayer delivered by Eev. A. H. Julius and the singing of "God Save the King." During the evening musical

items were given by Mr F. Arm-

strong (song), Miss Roxburgh (song), Miss Nora Lelievre (recitatiqn)', and Misses L. Armstrong M. Julius and G. Youngman ("La Marseillaise"), and Mr R. Paurini (song).. After the speeches were over the hall was cleared and dancing was kept up until a late hour.

The residents of Wainui are to

be congratulated upon the handsome and practical presentation made to the men, and Mr Chas. Wright deserves the thanks of all for having taken such an energetic part in collecting- the money for the presentations. Corporal Percy Arnold left with the Main Expeditionary Forces with the Hawkes Bay detachment, being resident at Hastings when the war broke out. He was among the 'first New Zealariders to land on Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915 and took part in the landing fighting arid the Cape Helles engagements. He was wounded in the shoulder and lost the use of his arm. He went to England and returned home about a month ago. He has only regained partial use of his arm. Trooper Tom Warner also left with the Main body, but being in the mounted he landed on

Gallipoli about three weeks after

the landing. He took part in the main fighting and was bayonetted in the stomach on the day of the big advance, August 6th, 1915. Trooper Warner went home where he received treatment by a number of specialists, and his

recovery is looked upon as .one

of the many marvellous surgical feats that have been performed by our surgeons. The long spell

on Gallipoli and the fact that ' Trooper Warner was lying- on the beach for three days in the sand before he was taken on to a hospital ship have naturally handicapped him, but he is now almost back to normal health after his nine months spell, his| splendid physique carrying him through.

If you get a chill, with sore throat and iphtness of the chest, don't wait until you are laid up, but tackle with "NAZOL" which Believes more quickly and effectively than any other remedy. Prioe, 1/0.

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TWO PENINSULA RETURNED SOLDIERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3537, 18 April 1916

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TWO PENINSULA RETURNED SOLDIERS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3537, 18 April 1916

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