Avenue of Honour
Information to hand tells of a tree-planting function fixed for Friday. The day “the tank” is expected to arrive. A meeting of residents interested, recently decided to plant ten trees in honour of that number of local soldiers who had fallen in battle. To aid the project the municipal council has granted the sum of £5, as in the case of a similar effort in George Town. It is estimated that £10 will be sufficient to carry out the scheme.
In Memory of the Brave
Saturday tree-planting function in honour of 11 local soldiers who have, in Gallipoli ad France, made the supreme sacrifice for Empire and justice, was efficiently carried out by a committee of ladies and gentlemen elected earlier in the week. Willing workers having dug the holes for the trees on the previous day, the planting became a comparatively easy task. The first tree, placed in position by Miss Eva Lee, was in memory of her brother (Gunner David). The Rev Mr. Kelly feelingly referred to the fallen soldier himself, and to the bereaved relatives. Mrs Jones, after planting a tree in memory of Machine-Gunner Alf Tarrant, spoke of the dead soldier as sone who knew him well. The next tree, planted by Mrs Yard, was in honour of Private A H Tarrant, brother of the previous soldier. The most touching incident happened when Mr. Gilham, much broken, held in position the tree in honour of his son (Private Arthur H Gilham). Rev Mr. Kelly, as on the previous occasion, gave a sympathetic address. Mr. Gilham also planted the tree dedicated to the memory of QMS Val. Allison, the first soldier to succumb, Mr. Pratt responding. Gunner Cecil Richardson was next named, his aunt (Mrs Popes) planting a tree. Trees in memory of the brothers, Corporals Cliff and Charles Bickham, were planted by Misses Iris Kitto and M. Tearle respectively, Mr. Dazeley speaking on behalf of the young ladies. Private J Cannon was similarly honoured, Miss Mackey being deputed to plant his tree, testifying that her father (Trooper Mackey) to the fallen soldier’s excellent character. Trooper Mackey also planted a tree to perpetuate the memory of Signaller Charles H Jenkins. Mr. Dazeley, as a club comrade, was able to testify to the intelligence and keen sightedness of that soldier and his skill with the rifle, beside his cheerful and generous disposition, stating that most of the fallen soldiers were old members of the late local rifle club, which has been disbanded through so many enlistments. The planting of the last tree in memory of soldiers who had answered the “Last Post” was pathetic, a mother publicly planting a tree in memory of her son – Private Charles Ponting. Here Rev Mr. Kelly’s sympathetic remarks were most helpful and needed. At each tree a verse of the National Anthem was sung, Mrs Jones leading. An adjournment was made to the state school ground, where Mr. Parry planted the “thrift” tree, Warden Parry concluding the ceremony in an appropriate address. Many residents of the surrounding districts being assembled refreshments were provided in the parish hall. The proceeds (about £2) are to be passed over to the Red Cross Fund. The state school scholars were in attendance, marshalled by Mr. Pratt, the head teacher.