LONDON, Oct. 7.
Captain Lance Hawker, of the Royal En gineers and Flying Corps, who lias gained the V.C. and the D.S.O., is a son of the late Lieutenant Hawker, of Clare, South Aus tralia. He is a slight, soldierlv-looking young man, with good features, keen eyes, and the small toothbrush' moustache so popular now in the army. His younger brother is a lieutenant in the Field Artil lery, and has tvric-e been mentioned in despatches.
At a Trafalgar Square meeting the Other day a number of convalescent Australian soldiers were observed standing behind the" speaker, Bransby Williams, on the platform, of the Nelson Column. Several Australians in the crowd drew nearer, to hear Mr. Wil liams say, ."How about this as an example of patriotism! Isn't it worth following?" and he led forward an Australian lad, smil ing all over his face, but decidedly nervous, for all that. "This is Sergeant Linley," he said, "and he is only seventeen years old/ and has won the D.C.M." The crowd ap plauded Linley heartily, and lie saluted and stepped back blushing amongst his coiiT
Lieut .-Colon el George Bruce and Mrs. Bruce have taken a house at Bellevue Park, Cork, and will probably remain there until
the end of the war, as Colonel Bruce ia _ engaged in training men for active service. Their little son, who was delicate for a time, is now getting on well. Mrs. Bruce's new book, "from Billabong to Loiidon," ap peared this week, and is spoken highly of by reviewers. Ethel Turner's new book, "The Cub," is also out, Lilian Turner's "War Heart Throbs" appears to day, and Vera G. Dwyer's "A War of Girls appeared a day or two ago. All are published by Ward, Lock, and Co. A well-known critic re marked recently that the trade was looking more than ever to Australian women authors for girls' books. "They have a sort . of 'bite' about them," he said, which is ab solutely harmless, but which takes off the bread and butterishness of the usual girls' book."
A very charming book by Miss Elsie
Masson is also new this week. It is called "An Unclaimed Territory/' and deals with Tlanvin and the Northern" Territory, generally in a light but able manner. Sne tells ne about the climate, the servants, the food, camping, motoring, and aborigines, and many other things from a woman's point of view, and in a small space makes «
most readable book.
Miss Gladys Weafherley's engagement to Lieutenant Mackenzie, R.N., is announced. The wedding will take place shortly. The engagement is also announced of Sir Rupert Clarice's second daughter. Miss Airoee Clarke, to Mr. Edward Cerard, of the Grenadier Guards. '
Several marriages of Australian interest have taken place recently. Mr. W. 0. Jennings, of the Australian Forces, and of Sydney, was married on October 4 to Miss Nor ah Wliittineton-Ince, eldest daughter of the Rev. J. Whittlngton-Ince, of Lyming ton, Iiants.
Last month Captain John Nortlicott, of the A.I.F. and the A. and I. Staff, eon of
Mr. J. Northcott, of ^allarat, was married .. to Miss Winifred Pa ton, daughter of Mrs.. A. Paton, of Kew, Victoria. On September 30, Dr. Charles MacLean, was married to Miss Constance Kidson, younger- daughter
of Mr, and Mrs. A. Bowman ICidson. On " the eaine day, Misff Eil.een Hughes, daughter of Mr. H. 0. Hughes, -of Sydney, was mar tied 'to Mr. Owen Hughes, of Reigate. Earlier in the -month, Miss; Erica Hughes, daughter of jBrigadier-General F." Q. ana Mrs, Hughes, was mat-tied at gt. Luke's Church, Wesi Norw'ood, to; Lieutenant A.
Jj. Jackson, R.N., of H.MiS, Endeavour, anil son of General Jackson.. Miss Clare Fel ]owes, daughter of the late Rev: Canon Fel jowes, leaves ^England in November for a trip to Australia, Miss Kate Hood, who lias been in England for some time past, has now gone to France , to assist in canteen work.
Lieut.-Colonel ,G. A. Syme and Lieut -Colo nel H. C. Maudsley are at present in Lon don. Miss "Jessie Traill is working as" a nurse in a military hospital at Rouen. Mrs. Arthur Moule i6 spending a few days at Colchester to be near her son. Major and Mrs. Norton Russell, of Sydney, are living in London. The Hon. Mrs;. George Morris in staying in Ireland. Mrs. Hammond Clegg, who has been living in the Thames Valley, is away motoring. ~ .
The Misses Maud and Marjorie Rowe, who have been in Yorkshire, have returned <o London.' Brigadier-General and Mrs. J)obbie are living in Devonshire. Mrs. George Greene, of Sydney, is living in Lon
Her _danjrhter, Miss Elsie Greene, goes to'Paris, this week to help in canteen
work. ' . .
Amongst Australians who Jiave lately .lonied the English arm.v are Mr. Cecil Jronchard, who lias obtained a commission ni the East Surreys; Mr. C. Lnngtree, of Sydney, - who has received, a 'commission in the Royal- Field Artillery; and Mr. Tom t'elahd, son °f Mr. E.,E. Cleland, K.C., of
Adelaide, .who has also received a commis sion in the Royal Field Artillery.
Amongst Australians who have " lately pone to the front _ are Second-Lieutenant Max Butler, who is in the Wiltshire Regi ment; Lieutenant J. Marlet. who is with a field ambulance;. Captain 0. W. H. Birt, who is in the Border Regiment; Captain G.
Mr; J" C" Waine, of Sydney; Dr. W Gordon Weston, of Sydney; Mr.
Jvenneth ahellshear, who has a lieutenant's commission, has gone to West Africa with a wireless section; and Lieutenant Gordon Jnglie. who is with the Grenadier Guards.,
Mr. Kene Crivelli, younger-son of Dr. Cri \eln, of Melbourne, lias been wounded, but is progressing , well in a French hospital. Lieutenant Arthur Chomley, wounded near Hooge, is m hospital at Woolwich, and is nearly convalescent. Captain the Hon. , °el Bligh, son of the Earl of Darnley, has
been wounded in France.
Much sympathy is felt for Lady Ninian (nchton-Stuart, whose husband has been Jcilied. Ladv Cnchton-Stuart, whose father W lseount Gormanston) was at one time Governor of Tasmania, is an ardent botanist, and often spealcs of the beautiful Mild flowers she found in that State.
The death occurred on October 2 of Mrs. -Elizabeth Frances Sutton, aged 69. She was the widow of Mr. Sutton, for manv vears accountant in "The Argus" office, Mel bourne. and was well known in Melbourne, i he had been m England for .some time visit ing friends. Her death occurred after a P 'I'ness, and a funeral service was held at fet. Mary of the Angels', Baysivater.
Major Fuller, of the Sixth Light Horse, and Captain Fitzpatdck, .of the 18th Batta lion, who were severely wounded, are stay ing with Mr. and Mrs. F. Barton, at Clon clly in Ireland. Colonel Field, of the 8th .Battalion, is nearly convalescent, after severe wounds in the fact, and is spending
some time in Wales.
Miss Winifred de Mercier-Panton, daugh- ter of Captain and Mrs. Bladen de Mercier Panton, of Ulverstone, Tasmania, is in charge of one of the military wards at Char- ing Cross Hospital, and expects later to be sent to Alexandra or Malta. Miss de Mer- cier-Panton came to England from Phila- delphia, where she had engaged in official
Although the larger number of Australian wounded in England are now collected in London, there are, all the same, many in the hospitals, of provincial towns, and it is in teresting to 'find with what unanimity all the men speak of the kind treatment they receive at the Manchester Military Hospi tal. As they are, many of them, still with out letters, it might be of use for relatives in Australia to know that in some cases wise relatives and friends have written to some London address, preferably a bank or place of business, and in this letter they have en closed letters and addresses for their soldier friend in ease he should ever get to Lon
P* T s®w, the address of tliis place or office into his coat or some article of his clothing, and also ask him to memorise it. How valuable this is can be understood when one heai-s time after time that a man knows lie has relatives and friends in the Inited Kingdom: but has no wav of' finding them, as be has lost all his papers.