Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 25/07/1902
Number issued: 1
Gold albert & medal, suitably inscribed, to:
Presentation made by Mr John W. Burrow, in the Backworth Institute Lecture Hall.
Trooper Carr was seriously wounded at Klipdrift, on 7th March 1902.
PRESENTATION TO A RETURNED YEOMAN.
On Friday night last, a large gathering of the inhabitants of Backworth was held in the Backworth Institute Lecture Hall, the object of the meeting being to present to Trooper George CARR, of the 100th Company, 5th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, a handsome gold double curb albert, with pendant, a gold medal suitably inscribed, and a purse of money. A very excellent programme of entertainment was spontaneously provided, Mr John W. Barrow presiding. The proceedings were opened by Mr Matthew Armstrong and family’s string band rendering in an admirable way the time honoured and pleasing music, “Belphegor”, Mr John Watson, organist of Killingworth Parish Church, accompanying. Mr Josph Norris sang “Balaclava”, with much effect. Mr Thos. Smith recited with much feeling, the touching piece, “Bingen on the Rhine”. Mr Henry Tuck made his debut on the public platform with “Star of the Earth”. Mr John McArtney sang the plaintive air, “Geneveive”. After the band had rendered another selection of airs, the Chairman (Mr John W. Barrow) came forward to make the presentation. In felicitous terms, Mr Barrow referred to the incidents of the war, in which Trooper CARR had been engaged, until the disaster to Lord Methuen’s company, where CARR was very seriously wounded. However, their hero had recovered in a very wonderful manner, and was then invalided home. Mr Barrow spoke of the high character of Trooper CARR, and also referred in feeling terms to the local heroes who had died for their country, and were buried far from “the lights of home”, beneath the rolling veldt. After wishing the recipient best wishes for the future, and no ill effects from the wound, Trooper CARR very feelingly responded. After the presentation the entertainment was continued, Mr George McKay singing with pleasing effect “The song that reached my heart”. Mr Charles Lynch recited “The Whistling Regiment”. A song and dance artist then took to the boards, and after this the juvenile sword dancers came on the scene, both of which were much applauded. Messrs Gibson and Osborne sang the amusing song “The Two Mouchers”. Mr Matthew Armstrong, jun., rendered the violin solo with variations, “The Last Rose of Summer”. – After a vote of thanks had been given to the Chairman and musicians, the concert was concluded, and the rest of the night was devoted to dancing.