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EXCHANGE Of FLAGS.

PRESENTATION TO JSJEW ZEA--1 LANDERS AT LE QUEStfOY.

COMMEMORATING LIBERATION OF

THE TOWN,

(Special from the Official War Cor-

respondent.)

FRANCE.

The civil authorities of Le, Quesnoy have presented the general ofjbhe Rifle Brigade with'the(-firstiflag hml'g m the Grand© Place aft'tlr t_t_* y entry of the New Zealanders ihto^jfcfie tpNwn, as a memento of their dehH"&&nij_ by the valiant soldiers of his brigade. In return the general has handed to the Mayor and councillors a . New Zealand flag* There was a picturesque ceremony at , the ' presentation, which took place m J;he hall of the town,, whidh had suffered from shell-fire during the battle. The general said he wished! to hand them this flag to commemorate the liberation of the town, and as a mark of the New Zealanders' appreciation of their courage, loyalty, and endurance that extended throughout the period of. the war.

'■'' At the conclusion of his address, the Mayor embraced and' kissed the flag amid the cheers of those assembled.

In returning thanks, the> )\_ayor said that the council, at its meeting on the previous day, had already taken the initial steps to have the New Zealand fern-leaf badge incfiided m the coat-of-lafrms of the town, and? to have one of 'the principal streets named after New Zealand.

The general has also asked the council •to accept from the JTew Zealand division threo German guns captured during the '"battle of Le Qnesnoy.

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EXCHANGE Of FLAGS., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14770, 25 November 1918

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EXCHANGE Of FLAGS. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14770, 25 November 1918

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