Country: New Zealand
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 27/07/1901
Number issued: 1
Gold pendant & albert, to:
Presentation made by Mr Scrimgeour, at a welcome social.
Corporal Rumble also received a medal from South Dunedin & St Kilda.
SOCIAL TO CORPORAL RUMBLE.
Corporal RUMBLE, a member of the Fourth Contingent and former employee on the Teviot estate, was entertained at a welcome social by Mr and Mrs Scrimgeour and the employees on the Station on the evening of Saturday last in honor of the corporal's return from the war.
There was a large attendance, and after a bountiful supper, provided by Mrs Scrimgeour and her staff in the large dining-hall was done ample justice to, Mr Scrimgeour, on presenting Corporal RUMBLE on behalf of the station employees and himself with a handsome double gold albert chain and pendant, suitably inscribed, said they all knew the object they had in meeting that evening — namely, to mark their appreciation of Corporal Joe RUMBLE as a man and his pluck as a soldier. They would remember that some 16 months ago there was a call for volunteers to proceed to South Africa to uphold the reputation of the Empire, and many of our young and adventurous spirits — heroes like unto those who have made Britain what she is — responded to the call, amongst them being their friend and honored guest of the evening. Not to be behind, his fellow employees determined to give him on leaving a proper outfit and equipment, and he (Mr Scrimgeour) gave him the well-known hack "Teviot", and being well equipped and mounted we expected our volunteer to give a good account of himself. Nor were they disappointed. From time to time they had heard of the actions of the gallant Fourth, culminating in the affair at Ventersdorp when Trooper RUMBLE, with his own hand, captured a Boer gun and was therefore promoted to the rank of King's corporal. They were all naturally very proud of their man, of his actions at the front and of his modesty since his return, and it was at once determined amongst them to mark their appreciation in a substantial manner by presenting him with this souvenir from Teviot, which they hoped he may long be spared to wear.
Corporal RUMBLE, who on rising, was received with prolonged cheers, said it gave him great pleasure to be back again amongst his old friends and comrades and he was very proud of the manner in which he had been received and of the handsome present they had made him. He could only say he had tried to do his duty. They must excuse his shortcomings in this line as he would sooner face a Boer gun any day than make a speech. — (Hear, hear, and applause).
Afterwards a number of toasts were duly honored and musical selections and songs by the Misses Scrimgeour and Linton, and Messrs Anderson (2), Croft, Wilson, Pearson, and others, of which the audience showed their appreciation by applauding heartily.