CAMPBELL’S CREEK RETURNED SOLDIERS
ENTHUSIASTIC PUBLIC WELCOME. A FINE RECORD.
An assemblage that taxed the Five Station’s commodious hall to the utmost, met last Wednesday evening to do honor to the returned soldiers of Campbell’s Creek (writes our Campbells Creek correspondent ). The proceedings opened with the singing of the National Anthem, after which Mr, Fred. Winkelmann. as chairman, intimated that the evening was intended to be a welcome home to the brave lads, who had gone through so much and sacrificed everything for King and country.
Although over three years had passed since the first enthusiastic send-off to the first volunteers, and scores had gone since, it was over two years that the first returned were back, and as no public body had welcomed the soldiers, a committee of their companions had decided to publicly show a little appreciation of the services they had given abroad. Campbells Creek was an insignificant little place, but he (the chairman) would at the conclusion read a list of volunteers that, would make towns of more importance vie with jealousy. Of the 83 khaki-clad warriors happily a good percentage were still in the fighting line: numbers were invalided home, wounded and sick, while sad to relate many were having their last long sleep on European battlefields. He was was proud to say that Campbell’s Creek soldiers had won high distinction for bravery and courage, and stripes had also been meritoriously obtained. In addition to the list, another large list would be prepared of volunteers who were rejected by the doctors so the old place had won a glorious name. He had very much pleasure on behalf of Campbell’s Creek, to cordially welcome the lads home.
Three lusty cheers were called for, and given for the A.I.F.
In conclusion, the chairman read the following list of Campbell’s Creek boys who were recognised as such by being born, reared, or worked there. and whose names were an honor to the old place :—Captain Gordon Mathieson. Sergeant Arthur Strahan. Sergeant Angus McPhee. Corporal Arthur Emmett Privates P. Annear. R. Odgers. R Gray, R Scoles. R Lee Suey. R, Jackson H. Mason. C. Fenton. R. Harding. W. Hattam. N McBeath. H. Bishop. V. Bishop ,J. Bishop, C. Greaves. L. Stevens A. Provan. R. Campbell. W Hawker J.’Rogers. Jno. Rogers W. Rogers. R. Scurr. J. Bird. R. Bird. PL Bird. T.Cave. Harry Ford. A. Ford. Harold Ford. W. Ford. D Boyd, R Penhallurick . A. Chapman. L Chapman. C. Saundry, W. Pope.H. Pope. A. Annear. A. Clark. N. Paull. W. Pitts. H. Reid. R. Penna. A. Stephens. W. Holden. J. Wagstaff, A. Prime. H. Prime. N Gray A. Fenton. G. Banfield. G. Jensen. R. Scurr,S. Paull. W. Mudge G. Cameron. D. Baker, R. Gibson. P. Morse.J Smart. F. Arkinstall, W. Marriott, J Loutit, E. Otzen. .T. Robinson. J. Smith. F. Taylor. J. Taylor. J. Bertramshaw. O. Martin. W Martin. E. Colgan. J. Colgan. A. Shanahan. G. Wheeler J Moden, R. Morse.
Of the foregoing the first nine soldiers had made the supreme sacrifice, and laid down their lives for the Empire.
In responding. Sergeant George .lensen said he was pleased at so many turning out to greet them, and for the very cordial warmth of their welcome, he was proud of Campbell’s Creek, proud of Australia: and proud of the Tommies, and the Empire. France was the heroic country that had borne the brunt of the suffering. The soldiers all did their duties cheerfully, although ideal weather conditions did not always prevail. After all the hardships, he was glad to be back among them, and so cordial a welcome they would not soon forget.
Sergeant J Smart was also pleased at the nice welcome that evening, which was greatly appreciated by himself and comrades. He was at the landing at the Dardanelles, but such a homely welcome by the public made these happenings less light.
Privates Oswald Martin, Wilfred Holden. Angus O’Brien, also tendered their appreciation of the cordiality of the welcome home.
Thereafter the evening was given over to song and merriment, a capital programme of musical items being given by the following:—Misses Southcombe(2), N Arkinstall. Messrs. Southcombe T. Shields. E. Sheehan. P. Daley, with Misses Endall and Southcombe as efficient accompanistes.
The catering by Mr Penney- was all that could be desired.
The champion master of ceremonies, Mr J. Pitt. was in charge of the dancing and never before have so many couples tripped the light fantastic toe. Over a hundred couples were on the door, while others had to play wallflower for want of space. The dance music was all that could be desired, and at 1.30 a.m. ended one of the most pleasant evenings ever spent by a record gathering of young and old to make the evening as fitting to the occasion as possible for the returned boys.