Tree Planting at Longford
There was a large gathering at Longford on Saturday in response to the invitation issued by the Warden on behalf o the council to be present at the planting of a soldiers’ avenue in memory of the brave lads from the district who had fallen, and those who are still fighting for the Empire. Amongst those present were the Premier and Mrs Lee, who just returned from Launceston, whither they had gone to see their daughter, who is an inmate of the Launceston Hospital, and were glad to find that she is getting on much better tan could have been expected after so serious an operation. The Governor sent a telegram of sympathy to Mr. and Mrs Lee on Friday. The Warden and Mrs Freeland, Councillors T C Archer, C Titmus, A G Stokes, E L Lawrence, W E Brumby, and W Beckett were also in the assemblage. The children of the local sate school, headed by the Drum and Fife Band, marched to the council chambers, near where
took place. After the singing of “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” the Warden addressed the gathering, and explained that the reason they had assembled was to plant trees to keep green the memory of the brave men of Longford. Mr. T C Archer had generously donated 100 trees, and Mr. E L Lawrence fifty to the municipality. Mr. Lee said, first of all, he wished to thank the many kind friends f Longford for the sympathy that had been extended to Mrs Lee and himself during the past few days of their trouble. Continuing, he said it gave him the greatest pleasure to be present on such an occasion to do honour to
who in many cases had given their all in the defence of the Empire. The planting of trees he thought a much better way of keeping green the memory of those who had enlisted than by rearing a marble monument, for the trees would grow and live for many years to remind them of the brave deeds of our lads. He was pleased to see in the gathering a returned veteran, Corp. A H Briggs. He had been away a long time, and they were glad to see his cheery face amongst them again. (Applause.) They must never forget those who had made the supreme sacrifice, and their living sympathy should go out to the bereaved parents. How best could they show their appreciation? The young men could do so by filing up
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in the ranks. Those who could not go could give money to the war loan, and thus send silver bullets to help the boys. He urged the Red Cross workers to go on with their noble work for the men who so sorely needed it. They must not slacken their energies until victory was complete. Mr. Lee then planted the first tree in memory of Corporal Guy Briggs, while Mrs Lee did so on behalf of Sergeant Gordon Hudson. Both these lads have made the supreme sacrifice. The gathering then moved on to
Where the two donors of the trees, Messrs Archer and Lawrence, planted two trees in honour of Private Clarence Lee and Driver O Hemphill respectively. The proceedings terminated with the singing of the National Anthem and “God Bless Our Splendid Men,” and three hearty cheers for the boys at the front. The Warden thanked Mr. McCabe for the music supplied by the band. Afternoon tea was served by the Red Cross Branch in the Anglican schoolroom. the tables were arranged with spring blossom. Those who assisted were Mesdames Stokes, Hudson, Stewart, Cox, Abrams, Pinkard, T Lee, Misses Whitfield, Lovett, Gould, Affleck, Thomson, Gibson, Ferguson, Stewart, and Richardson.