Mr and Mrs. Ellis-Stewart, of Prahran, have been informed that their son. Alan B. Stewart, now in France, hasbeen promotedSergt.-Major. Mr. A. B. Stewart was formerly in the Victorian Scottish Regiment.
Mrs.E.H. James, of 174 Riversdale road, Haw- thorn, has received a cable message, stating that her husband has been promoted to captain. Cap- tain James is a son of Mr. James, formerly secre- tary to the Education department.
Mr R G Parker, of "Restdown", Locke street, Essendon, has received word that his eldest son, Harold Carlyle Parker, has obtained his commis- sion at Salisbury Plains, England, after completing his course through two schools - Raglan Barracks, Devonport, and Aldershot. He is an old pupil of the Essendon State school.
A young Kerang townsman, F. F. Whitelaw, who last year, as a corporal, accompanied reinforce- ments for the 14th Battalion, has been promoted to the rank of second lieutenant. At Pozieres he came under favourable notice by assuming, on the field, the responsibilities of a platoon commander, and leading his men during four days' continuous
John Maxwell Hamilton, son of Mr. J. W.
Hamilton, Goulburn, N.S.W., late of Yarram, has
been promoted to lieutenant on the field in France.