Mornington soldiers make ultimate sacrifice

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IN the 401st casualty list published on Monday appears the name of a Peninsula soldier who has made the supreme sacrifice – Private H. S. Clarke, of Mornington.

In the same list, Corporal W. J. Stewart, of Carrum, is reported wounded.

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MRS John Holley of Heath Rise nursery, Mornington Junction has just received word from the Defence Records that her 4th son, Private John Holley, of 8th Batallion has been killed in action in France.

Deceased enlisted early in 1916 and has been in most of the principal engagements since that time. Colonel Hawker has forwarded a letter of sympathy to the family of the deceased.

Private Holley was well known in the Mornington Junction district and is a fine type of an Australian. He will be much missed by his sorrowing relatives.

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THE man Biggs, who was recently arrested in Frankston by Constable E. C. Ryan, and charged with assaulting a woman and a little girl, and who was remanded for medical observation, has been declared insane, and is now an inmate of an asylum.

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MR. S. M. Bruce, the new member for Flinders, recently elected to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Chief Justice, Sir William Irvine, took his seat in the House of Representatives, on Wednesday.

He was accompanied to the table by Sir Robert Best (V.) and Mr. Sampson (V.) to take the oath, and was greeted by Ministerialists with cheers.

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A PAINFUL accident befell Mr James Wells, wood merchant, of Frankston, on Monday last. Mr Wells was feeding large logs to a circular saw, and owing to the wood being damp and muddy through the recent rains, one of the largest logs slipped and fell on to Mr Wells’ left hand, which was then resting on another log. As a result the finger was burst open, the nail torn away, and the bone splintered.

The injured hand is being treated by Dr Atkinson, who has hopes of saving the mutilated finger.

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A PROCLAMATION issued by the State Executive last week makes it an offence for fishermen to dig for worms and other bait within 30 feet of the foreshore.

The new law, which will become portion in the port regulations, provides in effect that no person shall damage or in any way interfere with the foreshore or any sheeting, stone aprons, groynes, breakwater, or other works constructed for the protection and preservation of the foreshore of Port Phillip, and no persons shall search for worms or bait or make any excavation within 30ft. of the foreshore.

A reward of £2 is offered for information that will lead to the conviction of offenders of the law.

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A PUBLIC meeting was held in the Frankston Mechanics Institute on Friday evening last, called by Cr W. J. Oates for the purpose of getting an expression of opinion from the residents along the Melbourne Road as to the suitability of that road being used as an Honor Avenue in honor of the boys who had enlisted from Frankston and district.

After considerable discussion it was unanimously agreed to adhere to the original plan of having the Avenue on the Melbourne Road, and it was decided to recommend to the committee that a neat fence be erected instead of tree guards as at first intended.

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AS the status of the Frankston Police Station has been raised, Senior Constable Bray has been placed in charge.

Pending his transfer to Mortlake as constable in charge of that station, Constable E. C. Ryan, who was formerly in charge at Frankston, will remain here as mounted trooper.

During his term of service in Frankston, Constable Ryan has not only performed the onerous duties of police constable conscientiously and well, but he also been a worthy citizen and took an active interest in affairs likely to benefit the town.

By his ready advice and practical sympathy he made many friends and though they are pleased his transfer to Mortlake means promotion they feel that they are losing an officer and citizen whose place it will be hard to fill.

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A SOCIAL will be given by the members of the “Know it all” club in the Langwarrin Recreation hall, on Thursday next, May 30th. A good programme will be provided, and a record house is expected.

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ATTENTION is directed to the advertisement appearing in another column of Mr A. C. Hauland, of Chelsea, who has a large stock of building materials, timber, tanks, etc, which he is prepared to supply at Melbourne prices.

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CR. J. Dobson-Hesp, J.P., Hon. Secretary of the Hobart branch of the Overseas club, and well known in newspaper circles in Southern Tasmania, together with Mrs Dobson- Hesp, paid a flying visit to the district, and spent the week end at Frankston.

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ACTING under instructions from Mr

Max Kippe, Messrs Brody and Mason will conduct a clearing sale on the premises, Cemetery road, Hastings, today, when horses, cattle, vehicles, farm implements etc, will be offered.

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ADVOCATES and opponents of the proposal to sever Carrum Downs from Cranbourne shire and annex it to Frankston shire argued their cause at a deputation to the Minister of Public Works on Tuesday. The petitioners for the severance contended that Seaford and Carrum stations, which were in Frankston shire, were the natural outlets for produce from Carrum Downs, and much nearer their farms than Cranbourne or Dandenong stations.

Frankston shire was willing to take in Carrum Downs, but would not improve the roads to Seaford and Carrum stations for the benefit of the petitioners unless the annexation was brought about. Carrum shire protested against the proposal on the ground that the petitioners represented neither a majority in acreage nor valuation in Carrum Downs.

Mr Robinson promised to reflect on the matter and advise the petitioners in due course of his decision.

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DEATH has again visited the town, and widespread regret is felt at the death of Mrs Harry Shepherd who passed away on Tuesday morning. Mrs Shepherd had been suffering from heart trouble for some months.

She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs E. Sage, of Somerville, and she leaves a husband and three young children to mourn their loss.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, at the Frankston cemetery and was largely attended.

Great sympathy is expressed for her bereaved relatives.

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MR Thos. S. Biggs, son of Mr Biggs, of Somerville, has enlisted, and gone into camp.

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THE annual meeting in connection with the Gymnastic Club was held on Monday last, and it was decided to continue with the exercises again this winter.

There are a fair number of lads in the district who are all under the eligible age who will, no doubt avail themselves of the oppportunity of this class of physical training, which is also a very interesting pass time for the winter evenings. One or of two of the lads proclaim themselves real acrobats, and no doubt later on the members will provide some splendid items for the local concerts.

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BROOCH – LOST in Frankston Train, between Hawksburn and Toorak, Diamond Sapphire Brooch – Ring Canter bury 128. – Good Reward.

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From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 25 May 1918

First published in the Mornington News – 22 May 2018

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