From the vault, 100 years on

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - BY MARK STEPHENS

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."

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