State: New South Wales, Australia
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 21/05/1901, 10/07/1901
Number issued: 3
377 Trooper John William Edward FOULSTONE
Presentation made by Mr Retallack, at Trooper Foulstone's mother's residence.
Reverse: "Presented to Trooper J.W. Foulstone, by the inhabitants of Hoxton Park, on his return from the war".
377 Trooper Ewart Aaron AYSHFORD (of Austral Park)
Presentation made by Mr C. McClure, in the Austral Public School.
PRESENTATION TO TROOPER FOULSTONE.
On Tuesday night last Trooper FOULSTONE was made the recipient of a handsome gold medal and sword scarf pin, the hilt being set with rubies and diamonds. The presentation took place at his mother’s residence, the committee sf the late concert having made the arrangements. Mr Retallack presided, and after congratulating Trooper FOULSTONE upon his safe return from the war, handed him the gifts. The medal was a solid gold shield, surmounted by a crown, bordered by a laurel wreath, and bearing on the obverse side two rifles crossed, and a target; and on the reverse the words – “Presented to Trooper J.W. Foulstone, by the residents of Hoxton Park on his return from the war”. Mr J. Doyle, sen., the oldest member of the committee, pinned the medal on the soldier’s breast, whilst the chairman’s remarks were heartily supported by Messrs Southwell, Flowers and Scott. Songs and recitations were contributed by various members of the committee, and a very jolly evening was brought to a close after refreshments had been kindly provided by Mrs Foulstone, by the singing of a stanza of the National Anthem, and “For he’s a jolly good fellow”. A vote of thanks was also accorded to Mrs Foulstone.
WELCOME TO TROOPERS AYSHFORD AND MACKELLAR.
Troopers AYSHFORD and MACKELLAR, of Hoxton Park (who recently returned from the South African war), were accorded a most enthusiastic welcome home by the residents of that locality on Saturday evening last, at a social held in the Austral Public School. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, about fifty persons attended and the gathering was of a thoroughly representative character. Ex-alderman McClure presided, and the guests occupied seats on the platform.
The chairman, in opening the proceedings, said his thanks were due to the promoters of the gathering for the honor they had conferred upon him by placing him in the chair. He was always delighted to visit Hoxton Park, but never was he more pleased than on the present occasion when the residents had assembled to do honor to Troopers AYSHFORD and MACKELLAR, who had volunteered at the Empire's call. The prayers of all men should be for peace, but when the freedom of humanity was being trampled upon it wat necessary for Britons to draw the sword, not for the purpose of increasing the possessions of the Empire but rather to preserve and extend the cause of freedom. He felt assured that such men as their guests would always be found ready and willing to brave the dangers and hardships of battle until that blessed emblem of freedom, the Union Jack, floated throughout the length and breadth of South Africa. He then, on behalf of the residents, presented each of the guests with a handsome and suitably inscribed gold medal.
The guests suitably responded.
The various items of a well-arranged programme of vocal and instrumental music were admirably rendered, the performers being Messrs J. and E. Gillies, Kennedy, A. Miller and W. Hutton, and Master Carl Morris. Miss J. Buddon acted as accompanist throughout.