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THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED.

PERSONAL NOTES

| Sergt. Walter Charles Cropp, Canterbury Regiment (killed in action), • was tho son of Mrs H. J. Cropp, of Bealey avenuo, Christchurch. Born i in Christchurch, ho received his education at the East Christchurch School, and was for about fourteen years in tho . Christchurch City Council Office. For {tho four or five years preceding his de- ! parture for camp ho acted as town ! clerk for the Riccarton Borough Council, and in this connexion was well and i popularly known. Ho enlisted, and ! was turned down, but was passed as fit after being called up in tfio ballot. : He joined the Forces as a private, but in camp gained the rank of sergeant, and left New Zealand with tho 32nd Reinforcements. He was tho sixth 6_ou. I Throe of his brothers aro in Christ- ! church, and one in Dunedin. One of •' them, Mr A. L. Cropp. secretary for Edmonds's Baking Powder Co., Christ- | church, received his last letter from him from Sling Camp, and the date on this indicates that he could not havo boen in tho firing line long before ho met his death. Kergt. Cropp leaves a widow, a daughter of tho late Dr. Gunn, of Kaikoura, who lives in Christchurch. Upon the motion of the Mayor (Mr H. Holland), £he City Council last ! evening carried a motion expressing its sincere sympathy in their bereavement with tho widow and other relatives of the late Sergeant Cropp. __ A similar motion was passed by the New Brighton Borough Council, which expressed its sympathy with the Riccarton Borough Council on its loss.

Canon Hamilton, of Fendalton. lias received word that liis son, Lieut; G. T. Hamilton, who left with the Mam Body, and was gassed last December, is returning home, and should arrive shortly.

Private Stephens (died from wounds) was a-law student, aged 26; He left with the 24th Reinforcements, and was one of Otago'a . most prominent cricketers. He won the Maclean Cup for the highest batting average in tho Dunedin Club a few seasons ago.

Mr and Mrs Jamos Weir, of Heathcote Valley, on Saturday last received a private cable message concerning their son, Sergt. Iv. M. Weir, which stated: —"Matron clearing station writes: Keith admitted dangerously wounded, unconscious, April 24th; died 25th; buried military cometery."

Sergt. H. Bigham (wounded, and awarded the Military Medal) is the son of Mr R. Bigham, of Prebbleton. He was educated at Templeton and Prebbleton Schools, and the Christchurch Technical College. At the time of enlisting with the 11th Reinforcements he was assistant shearing instructor at the Technical School. Me won the College Athletic championship, and then joined the Canterbury Amateur Athletic Association, winning a number ,of medals, and representing Canterbury at the last Championship Meeting held at Wellington. He ran third m the Mile Championship of New Zealand at the age of 18 years. Ho landed in Egypt, stayed there ten days, and then went to France, and fought in the Somme and Messines battles. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant after the latter battle. He was dangerously wounded in the battle on Passchendaele Ridge, and is being sent back to New Zealand. In the same battle he was awarded the Military Medal. Before leaving for the froht he was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Hornby, a member of the Hornby Bible Class, and a teacher in the Sunday' School. He is now 22 years of age.

Mrs H. Chapman, Flaxton, has received word that her brother, _ LanceCorporal John Joyce, was admitted to a hospital in England on April 28th, suffering from a severe gunshot wound in the left shoulder. Lance-Corporal Joyce left New Zealand with the 15th Reinforcements. This is the third time ho has been wounded;

The Citv Council last evening, npon the motion of Cr. D. G. Sullivan, expressed its sympathy with ex-Cr. and Mrs Horbert in the death of their only son on active service on May Ist.

Mr John Macpherson, Totara, North Otago, bas been notified by Base Records that his* son, Second-Lieutenant S. D. Macpherson, is returning to New Zealand with draft 159. Lieutenant Macpherson, who left with the 15th Reinforcements, had his right thigh shattered at Passchendaele, hut although ton inches of hone were splintered and part shot clean awav, an expert doctor m.the Duchess of Westminster's Hospital in France managed to save his leg. Ho was seven months in hospital in Franco beforo being sent to an English hospital.

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THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16205, 7 May 1918

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