From the vault, 100 years on
Ovens and Murray Advertiser December 14th 1918
“The social and presentation to R.Q.M.S. Oates, Lance Corporal Straughair and Sergeant R. Semmons arranged by the Beechworth sub-branch of the R.S.S.I.L. and the ladies committee was held in the Beechworth Town Hall on Tuesday night last.”
“The stage had been tastefully decorated with a large “Welcome Home” occupying a prominent place.”
“Prior to the concert the Town Hall Band played patriotic airs in front of the hall.”
“The delightful programme presented: National Anthem, ‘Anzac’, The Wibbly Wobbly Walk’, ’Nothing Like Australia’ and ‘Somewhere in France’”
”Dr.Catarinich had to make an apology on behalf of R.Q.M.S.Oates who in reply to his secretary’s invitation, wrote regretting he could not come on account of his nerves.
While they must sympathise with him they must also express their regret as his not being able to be present, because they know what these men had gone through and the nervous strain would be perhaps too much for him.
He was sure the audience would express their sympathy and convey their good will towards him.”
“None thought the war would last so long and that such agony would have to be gone through before success was attained.” "Amongst the flower of Australian manhood who responded to the call there left the shores of Australia as fine a body of men as ever stepped on the field of battle."