Mr and Mrs. W. T. Manifold of Purrumbete, Weerite, were notified by cable message on Monday that their second son, Lieutenant William Herbert (Bertie) Manifold, who was serving with the Royal Field Artillery, had been killed in action in France. He left for the front in August, 1915 and had been in the firing-line practically without a break until the time he was killed. The deceased soldier was educated at the Geelong Grammar School. At one time he acted as coxswain for the school's boat crews, and he was a prominent mem- ber of the cricket eleven. He was well known in polo circles. His two brothers, Lieutenant John and Lieutenant E. Walford Manifold, are also on active service, as well as all his eligible cousins.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. N elson, Lymston, l8 Central Park rd East Malvern, have received a cable message that their son,Lance-corporal Ivo H. Nelson was wounded on the arm in France on April 12.
It is now officially reported that Lieutenant H. C. Parker previously reported as a prisoner of war was killed in action during a trench raid in France on the night of January 29. As a member of the Civil Service Rowing Club Lieutenant Parker was a well known oarsman.
Word has been received at Berrigan, New South Wales, that Gunner William Mallon of Jerilderie, was killed in action in France on April 11. He enlisted two years ago and had been in France
for some months.
Information has reached Berrigan New South Wales that Private Charles Stevens, youngest son of Mrs. J Stevens, formerly of Oaklands, has been killed in action in France. He was one of five brothers at the front.
Mrs. Bowtell Harris, Fernleigh, 56 Buckley street West Essendon has received word that her younger son Major James Bowtell-Harris, has been wounded in France. Major Bowtell-Harris left Australia in October, 1914, as signaller He was at the Gallipoli landing and received his commision after the evacuation in France he gained further promotion and the Military Cross. He has not yet attained his 22nd birthday.
Lance corjwral les Coward who was formorlv L plaver willi tie Ballarat Imperial toot ball
lui has died in trance from wounds received in action He was 3 j ears of age and the youngest son of Mrs Coward of Ballarat hast
Private J. A. Wunhym, of Golden Point Bal- larat was killed in action on March 26. He was 19 years of age.
The secretary of Riponshire (Mr. Norman B. Acton of Beaufort) on Thursdav received news that his brother Sergeant G J Acton who en- listed in Western Australia had been wounded
Mr. R. N. Frost, Chandos, Broadmeadows, has received a cable from his son, Private T. H. R. Frost informing him that he has been awarded the Military Medal. Private Frost enlisted soon after the war broke out, and fought through the Gallipoli campaign. He was wounded in France and after his recovery returned to the front.
Lieutenant Frank Robertson Corney attended at Buckinglam Palace on February 10, when His Majesty, the King, pinned the Military Cross on his breast afterwards shaking land with the young officer. He won his decoration at the battle of Poziers, on August 4 last when, "al-
though wounded, he led his men with great courage and determination capturing and con solidating the, enemy's trenches; he remained with his men for 12 hours." Sir W. R. Birdwood wrote in a letter of congratulation to Lieutenant Frank Corney: " Such an example is worth almost anything and I thank yon so much for it. He is a graduate from Duntroon Royal Military Col-
lege leaving Australia in November 1915, in the 31st Battalion under General Tivey, but was transferred over a year ago to the 25th Battalion and has just gone back to France to rejoin his battalion. He is the youngest of three soldiers, sons of Mrs Walter Corney, Princes street, St. Kilda. Private H. H. Corney won the Military Medal also at the battle of Pozieres and Driver Charles F. Corney is attached to the 119th Howitzer Batten now in France.
COMMISSIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Mr R. J. Lawrence manager of the Commer- cial Bank Brighton has been notified that his son Lieutenant W. L. Lawrence of the Cheshire Regiment (British Expeditionary Forces), has been gazetted captain and adjutant of his battalion on active service in France. Captain Lawrence en- listed as a trooper in the Australian Light Horse which left Australia in May 1915. After being invalided from Gallipoli he obtained a commis-
sion in the East Surreys was subsequently trans- ferred to the Cheshire Regiment and embarked for France in July 1916. His brother Captain R. W. Lawrence leaves for the front shortly with the
Mr Herbert Lambert of Hampton has received news that his nephew Lance Corporal Clarence C. Lambert, of Sydney was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant early in February. He left Sydney in June. 1915, as Q.M.S. took part in the Gallipoli fighting and served in France from March to
Mr and Mrs. Bingham of Clunes have received word from the Defence department that their son Privatc G. Bingham has been missing since
Mrs. J. E. Mott of 26 Mills street Albert Park, has received word that her husband is reported wounded and missing since April 11 Captain J. E. Mott enlisted as a private in Western
Australia in August, 1915.
Word has been received that Lieutenant Les Ridgewell, son of Mr J Ridgewell, of Ballarat North, has been missing since April 11.
PRISONER OF WAR.
Theodore Claxton, an Australian soldier who is a prisoner of war in Germany has forwarded a post-card from Dulmen, Westfalen, to his aunt (Mrs. W Dickman, of Main Lead), in which he states that he