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[From Ous Correspondent.] THE SOLDIERS. In the early days of the war, Mr J. S. ililson, a i one time a member of the teaching staff of the School for the Deal, volunteered for the front, and became a sergeant. At Gallipoli he received a mosti dangerous wound, and to the surprise of everybody, made a complete recovery. After two years' rest he is now rejoining the forces as Private Hiison. His Sumner friends are very proud of his action. Miss Leary, the matron of the School for the Deaf, has received word' that; her brother has been wounded for the second time. Writing from Grey Towers, Hornchurch, Essox, to a close friend in Sumner, Major-Chaplin Mackenzie Gibson, the late vicar of All faints' Church, intimates that he is q'aite well. His work lies amongst the convalescent soldiers, and is associated with a f/ery pretty church, dating back some five or t:ix hundred years. Sergeant E. B. Stevens, late of the /staff of the Bury Street School, writing to friends, states that he is flight] into the business in France. The excitement of the life seems to agree with him. He has met a great mauy Sumner boys, all of whom so farm hav apparently come through the lighting safely. During the week news was received from Private S. White, late assistant at the Council Chambers. Ho was in good health when he wrote. After over two years' fighting Gunner Eddie Wood has been granted leave to visit Great- Britain on holiday leave. He is the youngest of Mr E. G. Wood's eons at the front, and has well earned his rest. Gunner Harold Smith, writing to his parents in Nayland Street, reports all well. He continues his graphic account of the work they are engaged in, and tails an excellent story of the war's progress. The second eon of Mr A. W. _Bea.ven has returned to camp after final leave. Eric Beaven is well-known in Redelift's, and carries with him no end of good wishea. Sergeant Pilcher, who, following the departure of Private L. F. Regnault, was for nearly two years a member of the teaching staff of the School for the Deaf, paid a farewell visit to the borough this week. At the school he was met by his fellow teachers and the staff, and on their behalf presented by the director, Mr J. E. Stevens, with a set of safety razors. On Tuesday evening ho was met by the Send-off and Reception CommitteeMajor Beattic, who presided, on behalf of the residents of the borough, presented him with a silver-mounted pip© and tobacco pouch as a token of their good Avishes and appreciation of his patriotism. Sergeant Pilcher was most cordially received, and suitably acknowledged the gift, at the same time relating o some very interesting camp experiences. . Sergeant A. J. T. Withers received a very warm but brief welcome back from serveral of his friends this week. He hopes soon to spend a week or two on leave amongst his acquaintances. _ Sergeant R- Webb, well known in this district, is returning from the front. OBITUARY. The death of Mr John Moffat has removed a well-known figure from our midst. Since his arrival in the borough some six years ago he never failed m the deep interest he took in the welfare of the borough. He was a, member of the Burgesses' Association, or the Beautifying Association and of All Saints' Church, while to all gardeners he was already ready to _ give advice based on his lifelong experience. MOTHERS' UNION. At, the last ordinary meeting of the Sumner Branch of the Mothers 5 Union, the vicar of All Saints read the litany and Mr Galwey presided- There was a good attendance, and a vote of pympa-

thy was accorded to one of their oldest members, Mrs Lindrose, in her recent sad bereavement. At this meeting Nurse Maude brought her series of lectures on home nursing to a close. In expressing the society's keen appreciation of Nurse Maude's kindness, Mrs Galwey referred in feeling terms to the loss sustained by the lecturer in the death of her brother, who was recently killed in actionAs a small token of the branch s appreciation of Nurse Maude's splendid work a donation was afterwards voted to her work amongst the sick poor. The secretary also reported having forwarded the donations received for the memorial to the late Mrs Cunnington. SAILING AND POWER BOAT CLUB. Redcliffs possesses qualities given to few other watering places in the Dominion. To the casual visitor, however, it is the fleet of sailing and power-boats that counts. One welcomes the continued activity of the Christchurch Sailing and Power Boat Club, and thsir announcement to provide as far as possible for a number of aquatic events for the younger members will be received with great satisfaction. The officers elected for the year are:—President. Mr J. W. Beanland ; vice-presidents, Messrs T. Cloudeslev, G. Humphreys and Dr Chesson; vice-commodore, Mr T. L. Robinson; rear-commodore, Mr A. Edmonds: honorary secretary and treasurer, Mr .). D. M'Coll: committee. Messrs F. Booth, G. Moon, S. Horsnell, F. Day A. T. Bound: honorary; auditor, Mr C. J. Atkinson ;'yacht, handicapper, Mr G. Moon. , The following additional names have been added to the roll of honour:—R. Tavlor. H. S. Williams, H. Nnnkivell, G.'L. Hancock, E. Beaven. W. F.'fe F. R. Cummins, H. J. Ballvn, A. id. Green. G. Woodward, F. Ball. S. Simpson and H. M. M'Dowell. With regret it is recorded that or.o of the old members had been killed in action. GOLF. Tlie lady members on Thursday played a Red Cross Medal match aw well as a flag match for Mrs G. C. Z. Harris prize Both wera won by Miss M. Simpson in ideal weather conditions. Work connected with the preparation of a new green is proceeom<r so satisfactorily that there is every chance of its being in use for next season. The club is holding its closing day function on September 29. ROYAL LIFE-SAVING WORK. At the meeting of the Sumner Branch of the Royal Life-Saving Society Mr 1 H. Buttle presided over a satisfactory attendance. From reports received the gear is now evidently in splendid 1 working order, thanks to Messrs Mitchell, Benson and Parnham. A' rule is to bo proposed which will make) it necessary for all members to be prepared to receive instructions in methods' of resuscitation from the club's instructors. The securing of a staunch team for surf rescue may not be an easy matter this year. Many of the best members are now away, and this week a firm supporter and enthusiastic worker, Mr H. Bacon, has left for the city, still further weakening the club. It) is hoped, however, that the incoming 1 season will bring with it residents who' will bo prepared to render practical! help and so strengthen the energetic" remnants still remaining. PERSONAL. The Rev M'Walter. of Tim am, has been spending a holiday here. Mrs D. Bates and family have gone to Whitecliffs for a week or two. The many friends of Mr Fountain Barber will be glad to know that hej has completely recovered from a very serious illness. Mrs F. W. Partridge and family are spending holidays in the country. Mrs Bacon, ono of our most energetic Red Cross workers, is leaving this 1 week for the city. THBL BURGESSES' ASSOCIATION. Mr H. Buttle presided over the last! meeting, when a delightful address, 1 fully illustrated, was delivered by Mr 1 R. Nairn. The association is to be* congratulated upon its present series' of addresses and might well adopt the suggestion thrown out to extend its' sphero of usefulness by inviting residents and lady friends. The president announced that at its next meeting the problem of the local milk supply would have to be carefully gone' >

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SUMNER RIPPLES., Star, Issue 12101, 1 September 1917

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SUMNER RIPPLES. Star, Issue 12101, 1 September 1917

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