Soldier gets it in the neck
October 12, 1918
Married While Prisoner of War. WE HAVE received from Mr. Thomas Bunbury, of Ballendella, some interesting newspaper concerning his cousin, Captain R. W. Thomas. Captain Thomas was severely wounded in the throat at Mons, and for over two years was a prisoner of war in Germany. Upon arrangements being made for the transfer of invalid soldiers to Switzerland, Captain Thomas was one of those released from Germany, on condition of being interned until the end of the war. During his internment in Switzerland, he was married to Miss Florence Golbourn Tarry, daughter of Major G. G. Tarry, the bride elect leaving Leeds and going to Switzerland for the ceremony. A further interesting feature about the clippings is Captain Thomas’ confirmation of German brutality to war prisoners, even the wounded.
‘‘Before the train started,’’ he says, ‘‘some German soldiers came and searched me, and in doing so knocked me around rather badly, while a German Red Cross man stood and applauded them, and said if they found a knife on me he would cut my throat with it... The German Red Cross people at the stations were particularly bad. One night in the rain the tube in my throat became nearly stopped up, and I could scarcely breathe, so the Unteroffizier in charge called a doctor who was on the train, and he came and poked at it with a piece of stick he had cut out of the hedge by the line.’’ The unfortunate victin generously adds that this rough treatment ‘‘freed my respiration a little.’’
October 11, 1988
Elmore Field Days prosper in 25th year ORGANISERS, exhibiters, visitors; they all agreed — last week’s Elmore and District Machinery Field Days were a great success.
More than 40,000 people visited Ayson’s Reserve on the banks of the Campaspe River for the field day’s silver anniversary; probably the last time the event will be staged at this site.
Field days executive officer Ron Trewick said the exhibitors had ‘‘put on a mighty display’’ and were becoming more and more professional about their sites and the displays they presented. Mr Trewick said 10,000 people attended the field days on the Tuesday, 14,500 visited on the Wednesday and 16,250 on the Thursday.
He said the pattern of the field days had changed in the past three or four years and Thursday had become the biggest day, when in the past Wednesday had usually provided the best crowd.
More than 400 exhibitors brought their machinery, electrical goods, products and services to Elmore for the farming community to see.
Lindsay Hazelman, Cheryl Hazelman, Bruce Wells and Bruce Hussey making daisy chains in their Hume St gardens. This photo was taken by Frank Boyle in the 1950s and was kindly brought in by Cheryl Anderson (nee Hazelman). If you have a photo for Reflections, bring it into the office between 9am-3pm or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.