Number issued: 9
Gold Maltese crosses, suitably inscribed, to:
191 Trooper D.H. WALDIE
???? Trooper MERTON (no record found)
1675 Trooper F.W. PELLETT [Pallett / Pallet]
Presentation made by the Mayor of St Kilda, in Naumann's Hall, South Dunedin.
Troopers Cairns and Pellett received a second medal each from South Dunedin Friends.
Corporal Rumble also received an albert & pendant from the Teviot Estate.
BACK FROM THE WAR.
SOCIAL AT SOUTH DUNEDIN TO RETURNED TROOPERS.
Naumann's Hall, South Dunedin, was packed to the doors last evening, when a concert and social was held by the residents of St Kilda and South Dunedin for the purpose of extending a welcome to the troopers of the district who have returned home from South Africa. Though held somewhat later than those in other districts, the welcome showed no lack of heartiness and enthusiasm. The Mayor of South Dunedin (Mr A. Todd) presided, and on his invitation the following troopers took their seals on the stage: – Corporal MATHIE, Troopers MERTON, CAIRNS, DUNCAN (of the fourth contingent), and Corporal GOODMAN, Troopers LEAR and PELLETT (of the fifth contingent). The other troopers in the district who have returned are Trooper WALDIE (first contingent) and Corneal RUMBLE (of the fourth contingent). These two, however, were unable to be present.
Before proceeding with the musical programme, the Chairman said he esteemed it a great privilege to preside over such a large gathering, which showed that the patriotic spirit had not yet died out in the district. Some people said they were making too much fuss over the returned troopers. He did not think so. These men had gone away, none of them sure they would come back again, and surely it was only right that they should give them a hearty welcome when they returned home safe and sound. He was glad to see that in this matter the people of South Dunedin and St, Kilda were not going to be behind those of other districts. (Applause). The ladies who had assisted in getting up the concert and social had displayed a great deal of energy, and to their efforts the whole success of the gathering should be attributed.
The first part of the programme, then proceeded with, was opened with a selection by an orchestra headed by Mr F.C. Martinelli. Miss McKechnie gave a seantreus in Highland costume; Miss McDonald followed with a coon song "Hush-a-bye, by babe", part of which the audience insisted on her repeating; and Miss Rose Blaney, as might be expected, received hearty plaudits for her rendering of "Killarney", as an encore to which she gave "Comin' through the rye". Mr Mills amused those present with a recitation on a familiar subject, "Influenza", and, returning, he gave a second dealing with General French's march to Kimberley. Another selection was given by the orchestra, and then the Mayor of St Kilda made a presentation of medals to the troopers. The medals were of gold, of Maltese cross form, and appropriately inscribed. In performing this ceremony, Mr Hodges referred to the groundless fears that had been expressed when the proposal to send new Zealanders to the front was first made, that they would not prove themselves worthy of being placed side by side with the Imperial troops. These fears had long since been dispelled, and the men sent from New Zealand had worthily upheld the prestige of the colony. All those who had gone from South Dunedin and St Kilda with the fourth and fifth contingents had been spared to return, and he, with the Mayor of South Dunedin, thought it only right and proper that the residents of the two boroughs should extend to them a hearty welcome back. (Applause). Turning to the troopers, the speaker congratulated them on their safe return, and said he wished to present them each with a medal as a recognition of the valuable services they had tendered in South Africa, and the manner in which they had upheld the prestige of the colony. (Applause).
The troopers were heartily applauded as they stood up to receive their medals. The audience sang "For they are jolly good fellows", and followed this up with three rousing cheers. Trooper PELLETT returned thanks on behalf of himself and his comrades. He said he was not much of a "speechifier", and would sooner face the Boers than an audience. They appreciated very much Hie entertainment, and the hearty manner in which those present had received them. He reciprocated their good wishes, and hoped they would enjoy themselves thoroughly. (Cheers).The orchestra played again, and Mr J.T. Carter contributed "Because I love you so", and was encored; Miss Blaney sang "The dashing white sergeant", and this item was also much appreciated; Miss Easton gave "Whisper and I shall hear"; and Mr Neil Black was recalled for his song "True to the last". "The volunteer" was next contributed by Miss M. Black, who appeared in costume. Miss Black was enthusiastically encored for her song, and she repeated a verse of it. Mr Gray gave in tragic style a recitation concerning an incident that happened on the Natal railway, and Mr W. Mills again came on with an amusing piece, "On a Farm". The small boys encored him, of course, and Mr Mills's repertoire being extensive, he delivered a fourth recitation, "A Wee Scotch Night". Miss Pollock gave "Little Red Cross".; Mrs King, "The holy city"; and Mr Carter, "Two's company"; and the programme was concluded with a fourth selection by the orchestra. The bulk of the accompaniments were played by Herr Paul Sonderhof, who certainly did his work efficiently. Votes of thanks having been passed to the performers, the floor was cleared for dancing, music for which was supplied by Messrs Sonderhof, Briggs, and Haig. A large number stayed to enjoy this part of the proceedings. Messrs W.J. Gore and T. Gallagher acted as M.C.'s.