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THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED.

: PERSONAL NOTES. Lunitejiant 11. 15. Marriott-Watson Ttoynl Irisli Ui.'les, vho was reportef missing as from Aiarch 24th last, ha: now been officially presumed to hav< | f>oen killed on that ciato. The c'allan .young officer, who was the; only son r> Air H. B. Marriott-Watson, the well known novelist, and grandson of tin late Rev. li. C. M. Watson, of Christ church, was -'2 years of age, and joinec tho Queen's as a private the. first weol of tho war, obtaining a commission ir 1 tho Bth East in tho follow ing December. In the autumn oi 1915 ho transferred to tho 13th Roya Irish Rifles, and went out to France early in October of the same year ir tlio Ulster Division. He was in th< Battle of the Sommo in July, 1916, was wounded, and was awarded the Military Cross. Ho had been previously gazetted to the Regular Army, and or returning to active' service in iSeptemher, 1910, joined tho 2nd Royal lrisl .Rifles in Flanders. After serving through the w inter of 1916-17, he wenl down with trench fever and shell-shock and spent some months in hospital. Returning to France at the beginning.ol December. 1917, he was Area Commandant wnen tho British Command took over tho French line, south of tho Somme. Then hp was -with the !16th Division, south ol St. Quentin, and it was in the great German drive on that front that he fell on March 24th, near Argny. Lieutenant Marriott-Watson was an excellent Japanese scholar, and had written many vivid articles about war scenes for tho London' "Daily Chronicle.''. He had also a very promising gift for verse, as is natural, sinco his mother, Rosamund Marriott-Watson, attained lame as a poet. Poems of 'his have appeared in the London "Observer," "Chronicle," and "Daily Express/' His adjutant describes him as? ono who "feared nothing," and there is unanimous testimony to his great popularity ' among the officers and men of his battalion. Captain T. C. A. Hi slop (son of the Hon. T. W. Hislop, of Wellington) is now in hospital in. England, suffering from a slight gunshot wound in the leg. He -was also wounded: last year, and was laid up for .a considerable time. Before he enlisted he wasra member of the Wellington City Council. Private Wm. Ernest Holmes (killed) was tho second son of Mr F. Wakefield Holmes, of St. Clair, Dunedin. Ho went away with the 37th Reinforcements. He was well known on the Dunedin . running track and football field, being a particularly fast sprinter. At tho time he left for the front he was teaching at the Otago Boys' High School. Ho was married to a daughter of Mr Jas. Edgar. Private Bobert N. Gidley, who died of wounds on September 2nd, was the eldest son of the late Mr N. B. Gidley, 30 (Jarreg Toad, Fendalton, and was in his thirty-second year. His only brother, Gunner W; G. Gidley, is now. serving at the front. Private Gidley was for many years in the employ of W. "White and Co., Addington, but prior to enlisting was beekeeping at Lakeside. He enlisted with the 31st Reinforcements, and went away with the 2&th. Mr J. A. Bowbyes, of Ashley Bank, has received word that his cousin, Corporal Frederick "William Pilcher, was killed in action in France on October Bth. Corporal Pilcher was born in Forest Gate, Esses, England, and came to New Zealand in 1913- For a time he carried on farming, but then took up school teaching, and at the time of his enlistment was on tho staff of the * School for tho 3>eaf, Sumner. . He left . with tho Bifle Brigade, attached to the 31st Reinforcements. ~ * Mis B. Whitham, 110 Huxley street, Sydenham, has been informed , that her second son, Gunner TV. J. Whitham, was wounded in tho left shoulder on October Bth, and transferred to hospital in England on October 13th. Gunner Whitham loft with the 12th Artillery Reinforcements, and. has been in France, over two 1 years. This is the first occasion that he has been either , sick or wounded. Prior to enlisting he was a telegraphist in. the Christchurch Post Office. His younger brother, Gordon, left> with the 36th : Reinforcements. Gunner W. G. 33. Otley, died of wonnds on October 6th, was the eldest son . of'Mr'C. E. Otley, timber merchant, Madras street. Gunner Otley left New Zealand as a sergeant with the 12th Reinforcements, N-Z.F.A., and had semi a great deal of active service on the Western front. Ho was educated at the East., Christchurch and Technical Schools, and previous to enlistment was in business with his father. Mrs A. Osborne, 18 Clarence road, [Addington, has boon notified that her son, Private A. J. McGregor, has been missing since September 30th. Before enlisting he was. working for Mr John O'Hafloran, of' Oxford, and was, previous to ;that, . in the Post and ..Telegraph Department. Ho received his education at Duntroon (North Otago), and at' Cheviot. ■ He went away with the 19th. Reinforcements, and was wounded at Mess in os. Sergeant G. A. Garland (killed) was the only surviving child of Mr D. A. Garland, who lived for many years in the Cust district, and afterwards at Waian. After finishing his education nt the Rangiora High School ho joined the staff of the Union Bank at Rangiora in; January, 1913, with which he ■was - still connected when ho enlisted. He. left New Zealand with-tho 30th Reinforcements, and • at the time of his death he was twenty-two years of ago. He was a young man of sterling character and much promise. At a meeting of the committee of the Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Association, held resterday, a motion expressing sympathy with Mr and Mth Garland was passed/ At the High School tho flag Was flown at half-mast, and the principal gave an in memoriam address to the pupils. Mr W. J: Reeve, Clerk of. the Court at Kaiapoi and Rangiora, has been advised that his eldest son, 2nd Lieutenant L., W. P.-Reeve, has been wounded, and is now in hospital. Lieutenant Reeve was in. the employ of the Bank of New Zealand, as agent at Petone, and tho 27th Reinforcoments. Mr Reeve's second and third sons, Lieutenants Stanley T. S. and W. A. C. Reeve, have been killed in action., and the.youngest son is serving in the Royal Naval Reserve. Buffalo Park, just outside Paris, has been taken over by the American Red Cross to house its lorries and ambulances. Buffalo Park revives memories of tho old days when Parisians used to go there to see tho performances of Buffalo Bill and his cowboys and redskins. ! I

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THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16350, 23 October 1918

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THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16350, 23 October 1918

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