a— . Mr H. J .Hoswick was a passenger from Wellington on Saturday. Colonel C'liaffrv, OX'. Canterbury District, rem mod from Wellington ou Saturday. Mr Geo. If. Whitcombe. who has been on .a visit to America, returned to Chiistehurch en Saturday. Mr H. I>. Mclvellar has boon appointed Crown Land Commissioner for Marlborough. Trooper C. F. Oliver, fourth son of Mr H.O. Oliver, of Stratford, has been awarded tho Military Medal. The Hon. A. L. Herdman. AttorneyGeneral. arrived from the vSouth bv tho express oil Saturday, and left tho fame evening for AYollington. Mr vShoppnrd Green lias resigned his position as accountant m the Methodist C onnc>;iona.l Office, having avecptccl a position -with a local firm of accountants. Word has been received that Lieutenant W . N. Lace, of Rangiora. "who left New Zealand with the Bth Reinforcoinenis. has been promoted to captain in the -Ith Brigado N.Z.A.S.C. Mr A. S. Clarkson and Air F. W. Johnston, who ropresont-od tlio Canterbury Automobile Association at the :uimtal meeting of the Xow Zealand Automobilo Union in "Wellington last week. I returned to town on Saturday. Mr R. L. M. Kitto, local manager for tho New Zealand loan and Mercantile Agency Company, will relinquish his position at the - -end of tho month in order to join the firm of Messrs Pvno and Co. Jt is reported that Mr A. Walker, M.P., -who was elected president of the New Zealand Labour Party in succession to Mr J. McCombs, M.P. (who resigned from tho party on tho liquor issue), has now tendorod his resignation from ofiico. Lieutenant-Colonel (temporary colonel) G. C. B. Wolfe (Reserve of Officers) lias relinquished liis appointment as Inspector of Riflo Clubs, Ih-ill Halls, and Rifle Ranges, and tho temporary rank of colo2l el whilst so employod. Lieutenant (temporary major) J. A. Wallingford, N.Z.S.C., has boon appointed to fill tho vacancy. At a special meeting of tho Rangiora High School Board, held on Saturday afternoon, Mr P. E. Strachan, M.A.", wa s finally solected a s principal of tho Rangiora District High School. Mr Strachan is an M.A. with honours in mathematical scienco, and is at present assistant master of tho Goro District High School. Ho will tako up his duties at tho beginning of September. Private advico was received in Wellington on Friday that Lieutenant George McLean "Wilford, son of Mr T. M. Wilford, M.P., has boon promoted to a captaincy. Captain Wilford left New Zealand with tho Main Body of tho Now Zealand Expeditionary Force. Mr Robert Fletcher, M.P., who has been soriouslv ill, is improving slowly. Ho is still confined to his bed. Advico has been received by SubInspector MacKinnon, of Palmerston North, lato of Christcliurch, that his son, Sergeant K. J. MacKinnon, has received a commission in tho field. Lieutenant MacKinnon went to tho front witli tho Riflo Brigado, and was wounded after tho brigado advanced through Flers. Ho was invalided to England, where, after his recovery, ho gainod a first-class instructor's certificate and was engaged in training men at Sling Camp. Sub-Inspector MacKinnon's other eon is Corporal W. I-I. MacKinnon, of tho 23rd Reinforcements. Mr James 'Barr, of Thmedin, has reecived tho following letter from Co 3. Graham, assistant military secretary, dated AVar Office, London, Juno 12tn: 'I have it in command from his Majesty tho King to inform you, ns nearest relative of tho late Lioutennnt John Htrddin Barr, of tho Otago Infantry Regiment (Now Zealand Expeditionary Force), that this officer was mentioned in a despatch from FieldMarshal Sir Douglas Haig, dated April 9th, 1917, and published in tho second supplement of tho London 'Gazetto' dated Juno Ist, 1917, for gallant and distinguished servico in the field. I am to express to von tho King's high Appreciation of these sorvioes, and to ami that his Majesty trusts that his public acknowledgment may be of some consolation in your bereavement."
! News has been received that Lieutenant W. B. Fitchett, Ist Auckland Infantry BattalioD, son of Dr. Fitchett, Public Trustee, has been transferred to Battalion Headquarters and given tho post of Sniping -Intelligence Officer, in chargo of 30 snipers and scouts, tho picked mon of the battalion. Lioutcuant Fitchott left New Zealand with tho Auckland Mounted Rifles (Main Body), and won his stripes on Gallipoli. Ho was invalided homo in 3>ecembor, 1915, and returned to Egypt in February of tho following year. In April ho volunteered to go to France, where. six weeks later, he was promoted to bo second lieutenant. Ho commanded a platoon through tho engagements at Armenticres, tho Sommo (wher© ho was slightly wounded), and Messincs. In tho performance of his new dudes recently he was gassod. Mr James Culiens, who has been appointed assistant-enginoor to tho Christchurch I>rainagc Board, has been for the past eight years chief assistantengineer to tho Dimcdin Drainago Board. Mr iQullens gob a good start in his profession bv boing under tho city engineer of Glasgow when tho enormous drainage scheme thero was boing carried out. He began on that work in 1397, and ra fortunate .in dotailpd to tho resident engineer's stale for the practical.work, this giving hi«n valnablo experience. U" crmio to Thmodin in 1001, and fnvii 1 So' 2to IDOo was with tho, Dnnedin Drainago Board. Then he came to Christchurch, and hold an appointment for threo years on the staff of tho Board which ho is now rejoining. In
1000 ho bceamn principal assistant to Mr S'lingcr, in Drmcdin. He trill probably take up his new duties in a month or six weeks. Mr Slingor, the I>rainaac engineer, is also leaving Dunedin. Ho will probably receive a commission in one of the reinforcements.
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PERSONAL ITEMS., Press, Volume LIII, Issue 15966, 30 July 1917
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