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ALBANY'S SOLDIERS.

MEMORIAL LIBRARY OPENED.

VISIT OF GOVERNOR-GENERAL.

THE SPIRIT OF GALLIPOLI.

Tlie memorial library erected at Albany in remembrance of the men of the district who gave their lives in tho great war was opened yesterday afternoon by the Governor-General, Lord Jeliicoe. The ceremony was attended by a large number of residents from the surrounding country and the children of the Albany school.

His Excellency arrived in company with Lady Jeliicoe and two daughters, and immediately inspected a. guard of honour comprising thirteen returned <oldiers and veterans of the district under the informal command of Mr. A. R. Gillespie.

Mr. George Battersby, chairman of the building committee, welcomed Their Excellencies on behalf of the residents. The Rev. W. G. Monckton, of! Takapuna, delivered a short address, in which he referred to the memorial as only one example of the loyalty which was being demonstrated all through thei Empire. The population of the district at the commencement of the war was 400, out of which 77 men volunteered and 23 laid down their lives.

Lord Jeliicoe said lie appreciated deeply the kindness of the residents in waiting so long for him to visit them. In a place like Albany, where associations were close and mere intimate than those in a city, the heroism of the district's sons was felt particularly deeply, and it was easy to understand and appreciate the pride that was felt in those who went out to fight and gave their lives for the Empire. That gratitude for those who gave their lives in defence of their homes was very great indeed, and it was good to find that the memory of their deeds was to be perpetuated in that hall. " I think the spirit of New Zealanders was never better shown than on one day during the landing on Gallipoli." said Lord Jeliicoe. "On that first night after their landing, when the beaches were crowded with wounded men, and only severe cases could be treated by the overworked doctors, numbers of those men when asked whether their wounds were serious, replied 'Oh, no!' And history records," added His Excellency, "that many of those who said ' Oh, no!' died in the night." That was the spirit of self-sacrifice that brought victory, ard it was a spirit that could very well be brought into everyday life. The lesson taught by those "men on the beach at Gallipoli was one which, if it were practised each and every day would lead the Empire on from one glory to cnother. His Excellency then opened tho library and unveiled the tablets bearing the names of the 23 men who laid down their lives. The assembly sang, "0 God, Our Help in Ages Past," ano. the National Anthem, after which an adjournment was made to the Public Hall, where refreshments wero served.

Before leaving H:[s Excellency visited tho Albany gum lands experimental plots find * - as conducted over the area by Mr. T. H. Patterson, of the Department of Agriculture, Auckland. The manurial topdressing trials with different fertilisers wore inspected, Lord Jellicoe, showing greeft interest in the results seen. After inspecting the various forage crops and the orchard, His Excellency congratulated those responsible on the results of their interesting and valuable work.

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ALBANY'S SOLDIERS., New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18280, 22 December 1922

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ALBANY'S SOLDIERS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18280, 22 December 1922

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