BYADUK AVENUE OF HONOUR.
(From Our Own correspondent.)
Friday, June 28th, will long be
remembered as a historic day at Byaduk. In spite of inclement wea
ther conditions, a large assemblage was present to witness the memorable event of planting an avenue of hon our. Mr. J. Scott, chairman, ex plained that they were commemorat
ing the brave lads who had left this district to fight for King and coun try. He had much pleasure in intro ducing Cr. D. Fraser, president of
Cr. Fraser felt they were doing a proper thing in planting the trees, and he knew their duty would not end there. He hoped they would look after them and keep in memory those noble lads who were risking their lives for the sake of others.
The Rev. T. Riding said this would long be remembered as a red letter day for Byaduk. Our lads had left their homes to fight for life life and liberty, and today's event was an expression of appreciation of the no ble service our boys had rendered to the Empire. He noticed that many of the tree-guards bore a laurel wreath, denoting that, those whose names were attached had made the supreme sacrifice. Whilst sympathy was extended to the relatives and friends, he felt with them that the path of duty was the way to glory.
The Rev. G. H. Elliott, of Macar ther, was pleased to be present, at such a gathering. They were that day expressing loyalty to our brave soldiers by the planting of those trees,
and he felt we were all justly proud of the boys who had helped to make Australia's name.
Rev. A. R. Cocks, of Warrnam bool, also addressed the gathering
on similar lines to the previous spea kers. It appeared to him the boys of Byaduk were, typical Australians
h- having gone to fight for the grand old flag. He (the speaker) was proud to belong to a family that had sent many to fight for the same
The speeches were interspersed with patriotic songs rendered by the local
The chairman then asked Cr. Fraser to plant the first tree that in honour of his brother, the late Lieutenant S. Fraser—and immediately afterwards the other trees were planted by the relatives or friends of the soldiers. To each tree-guard, which had been previously erected, a plate was fixed bearing the name of the soldier, to gether with the branch of the army to which he was attached, and the place of service. Of the 36 soldiers represented nine had made the su preme sacrifice, and the name plates
of these also bore a cross.
After the planting of the trees afternoon was dispensed in the
The following is the list of soldiers for whom trees were planted, toge ther with the name of those who planted the tree 1. W. R. Kinghorn (Miss Kinghorn) ; 2. R. S. Harper (Mrs. S. Harper) ; 3, S. Fraser (Cr. D. Fraser) ; 4. S. Ross (Mrs. G. Ross) : 5, J. T. Scott (Mr. J. Scott) ; 6. A. J. Docherty (Miss F. M'Gillivray) ; 7, A. M'Gillivray (Mrs. M'Gillivray) ; 8. J. E. Monaghan
(Mrs. Monaghan) ; 9, H. A. T. Gib bins (Mr. W. Gibbins) : 10, W. T. Harper (Miss G. Holmes) : 11, A. V. Harper (Mrs. J. Harper) ; 12, P. J. Brady (Mrs. R. Kinghorn) ; 13, P. Bishop (Mrs. M. N. Mackinnon), 14, M. Bunworth, (Mr. J. Bunworth); 15, W. S. Merlin (Mrs. W. T. Merlin) ; 16, Hindes (Miss A. Hindes) ; 17, W. S. Filmer (Miss J. Filmer) ; 18, F. Bunworth (Miss N. Bunworth) ; 19, J. M'Gillivray (Mrs. J. W. Hunt) ; 20, C. D. M'Lean (Mrs. P. Christie); 21, A. G. Filmer (Miss R. Filmcr) ; 22, B. Kosch (Miss A. Kosch) ; 23, P. Kosch (Mr. J. Kosch) ; 21, W. Rentsch (Mrs. E. Rentsch) ; 25., J. A. Rosss (Miss H. Roberts) ; 26, C. Stewart, (Miss E. Stewart') ; 27, W. W. Ross (Mrs. L. D. Crockett) ; 28, G. H. Brand (Mrs. T. T. Brand) ; 29, B. O. Miller (Mrs. Albert Harper) ; 30, A. F. Ross (Miss N. Crockett) ;
31, Mr. R. Gibbins (Miss M. Gibbins) ; 32, C. J. Harman (Mrs. G. Harman) ;
33, L. Whitehead (Mrs. F. W. Brand); 34, W. Stewart (Mrs. W. Christie) ; 35, R. Harman (Miss J. Harman) ; 36, W. Harman (Miss Alice Har man). Those who have died for the Empire are Private W. R. Kinghorn, Second Lieutenant S. Fraser, Farrier S. Ross, Private H.
A. T. Gibbins, Corporal W. T. Har man, Private A. V. Harper, Bombar dier W. S. Merlin, Second Lieutenant W. S. Filmer, and Private C. D. M'Lean.