Tree Planting at Hamilton
Practically all the residents of Hamilton township gathered in that part of Franklin-place, commonly called the “Green Lane,” where the memorial trees to the fallen soldiers, residents or the sons of residents of the township, were to be planted by relatives of the deceased men. A local committee, with Mr. Robert Spencer as hon. secretary, had worked very hard for the success of the function, the trees (blackwood) and the substantial guards to protect them having been provided by public subscription, invited by the committee, ad a glorious spring day brightened and cheered the hearts of all assembled, including the sorrowing relatives. Senior-Chaplain Archdeacon Whitington was present from Hobart, and it was a matter of regret to those present that the Roman Catholic chaplain was unable, from illness, to attend. The Warden and councillors were in attendance officially, and also officers of the council, and a number of people journeyed specially from Hobart and from distant parts of the district to be present. Lieutenant E E Jones was in attendance from Hobart to represent the returned Sailors’ and Soldiers’ League, and also returned soldiers including Coy. QMS Clifford Hills (Military medal), Sergeant William Heawood, Private Bert Jenkins, and others. The school children had been granted a half-holiday by the Minster of Education. The Archdeacon gave an address, and Lieutenant Jones spoke in feeling terms of the sacrifice made for all by his fallen comrades. After heartily singing by the whole company assembled, lead by Mr. Marsden of the hymn, “O God, our help in ages past,” the relatives and friends present planted memorial trees to the following fallen soldiers: -
Private William John Alder Brown 14th Battalion (enlisted in Victoria), and Private Harold Baylie Brown, 15th Battalion (brother), both killed in action 2nd May, 1915;
Private Herbert Harold Shearing, 15th Battalion, killed in action, May, 1915;
Major Arthur Justin Sanford Hutchinson, 58th Battalion, killed in action, 1916;
Private Henry Alfred Hack, 12th Battalion, killed in action between 19th and 22nd August, 1916;
Private Edney Shadwick, 40th Battalion, died of illness, 1st February, 1917;
Company Sergeant-Major Joseph Norman Hills, 47th(late 15th) Battalion, killed in action, 5th April, 1918;
Private Leslie Frank Hills, 40th Battalion, died of wounds, 12th October, 1917;
Private George Rory Sullivan, Otago Infantry Brigade (New Zealand), killed in action, 3rd December, 1917.
The National Anthem was then sung and the meeting dispersed, a great number, including the Warden and councillors and council clerk, Archdeacon Whitington, Lieutenant Jones, and the returned soldiers, proceeding to Ouse, to take part in a similar function there later the same afternoon. The Hamilton Council has accepted the gift of the trees and guards and will see to the maintenance of them.