MEMORIAL TO THE LATE TROOPER FRANK BROWN.
Yesterday the solemn ceremony of unveiling the tablet erected in the Methodist Church in memory of the late Trooper Frank Brown, uf the Seventh Contingent, took place in the presence of a very large congregation and of the members of theTauranga Mounted Rifles, to which deceased belonged. The Corps mustered at the Orderly Room at 10 30, four returned troopers, A. Matbeson, R. Vercoe, E. Wrigley and Stewart being given the post of honour as the right section ; there were present Capt. Collett, Lieuts. Bennett, Mumford and Ward and a good muster of non-commissioned officers and troopers. The Town \ Band fell in at the head of the column and played a couple cf sacred marches on the way to tho Church. The members of the Corps were accommodated with j seats immediately in front of the ! rostrum, and the Band on the left. The reading desk was draped with a Union Jack, and many floral emblems beautified the eastern end of the Church ; the tablet, erected in the centre of the southern wall was veiled by a Union Jack.
The order of service, special hymns, etc., had been printed and were distributed to the congregation, which filled the building to over-flowing, many not being able td"find even standing room.
The Rev. Hawes Dyer was the officiating minister, and the instrumental portion of the music was efficiently rendered by the Band.
At the conclusion of the First Lesson, the Minister called upon Mrs Collett to unveil the tabled, whereupon the congregation rose and Mrs Collett by means of a cowl, caused the Union Jack veiling the memorial to draw aside and disclosed a marble tablet mounted on a moulded pmel of watnut wood, bearing the following inscription : — In memory of Frank Charles Brown of the Seventh Contingent for service in South Africa, who died of wounds on 31st January, 1902 at Fonteinreit. This tablet was erected by his comrades of theTauranga Mounted Rifle Volunteer?. At the moment of unveilinsr, the Band placed the Dead March, from 'Saul,' the congregation remaining standing to the conclusion. Au appropriate and eloquent sftnnon was preached by the Rev. Hawe« Dyer, tiking as his texf Sr, Paul's description of his spiritual warfire, >n his apistlo to Timothy. The preacher dwelt on the fact that all life was a >tate of w rfarc, fighting against iho evil tendencies of each one's own nature, saying how many of the best nifln the world had known had left record of the terrible character of their struggles to resist the temptations which assailod them both from within and without. He then passed on to the physical warfare of the world which had served jJt. Paul as an analogy for his spiritual warfare and enlotnsed that devotion to du'y which caused a man to lay down his life rather than disobey orders or yield to his foes, paying a brief but sympathetic tribute to the memory of the late Trooper Brank Brown, who had obeyed his country's call and whose many good and manly qualities were well known to all present. In au eloquent peroration, the preacher spoke of the animating effect of such deeds of devotion to duty as the military annals of the Empire abounded in, including the charge of the Light Bj igade. All such helped others ta fallow in the path of duty and carry out the work which God hud ordained for the Empire to do in the cause of libert}' and right. Every true son of the Umpire was proud of his nationality and of the mission his "nation has been called upon to fulfil, but all must remember that it is only b} T devotion to duty nnd a continual warfare again9t all that is base and evil, within and without, tkat they can hope to earn the crown of ?ighteousness and say with St. Paul: — e l have fought a good fi*j;h% I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
At the conclusion of the sermon the hymn 'A few more yoars shall roll,' Wiß sung and the service brought to a conclusion by the Benediction.
The Corps and Band then fell in, outside the Church, and marched back totheOrderly Boom, vrhPTe the parade was dismissed.
Th 9 tablet wbs much admired, hs being a plain, simple but sub fit intia! memorial of the high-Rpiri-ted but unfortunate lad in whos a honour it is erected, ; it was executed by Mr J. Bouskill, , monumental masou, Auckland.
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