Soldiers’ Avenue at Carnarvon
The ceremony in connection with the soldiers’ avenue at Carnarvon took place on Saturday and was of a most impressive character. The avenue is n memory of the soldiers belonging to or having near relatives in the district who have made the supreme sacrifice, a tree being dedicated to each. The names of the men are Corporal Gordon Blackwood, Private A r Cahill, Private W Davis, Private L Johnson, Private T Smith, Private R Taylor, Private A Woolley, Private T Burton, Private James Boden, Private L Hawkins, Private F McGuinness, Private G Seabourne, Private A Wright, Private T Mason, Major O Woods, Private T Dale and Private C Clayton. The avenue was further extended by planting trees also in honour of those serving or who have served at the front, their names being Gunner R Blackwood, Corporal E Liddle, Private W McGinness, Private C McArthur, Private J McArthur, Private G McArthur, Lieut Albury DCM, Sapper T Burton, Private W Davis, Private J Riley, Private Jos Ray, Private M Wellard, Private W Mason, Private E Cotton, Private H Shreeves, Corporal E A Targett, Private R Seabourne, Private E Tyler, Private J Fitzgerald, Private Tas McGuinness, Private V McGuinness, Prior to the planting the Rev. Mr Wilson conducted divine service in the hall, a large congregation attending. On assembling at the avenue, Mr John Blackwood (chairman of the avenue Committee), after apologising for the absence of the Warden of the district, who was unavoidably prevented from attending, delivered a sympathetic and eloquent address. The hymn, “Abide with Me”, was then sung by the assemblage, after which the planting of the trees by the soldiers’ relatives was reverently proceeded with. The whole of the proceedings reflected credit on the large and hardworking committee, which had been formed under the leadership of Mr John Blackwood as Chairman and Mr A Connelly as hon. secretary.