Kirkfield boys answer country’s call. Presented with gold watches.Hughie Hargrave and Aubrey Staples are honoured
A presentation and dance was held in the Town Hall in honour of the two young men of the Vicinity who have answered their country’s call. Hughie Hargrave son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Hargrave and Aukrey Staples son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Staples of Palestine, Hughie has joined the Irish Reg’t. and Aukrey the Artillery Corps.
A large crowd was present. The first part of the evening was spent dancing.
About midnight lunch was served after which the two young men were asked to take their places on the platform and the following address was read by Mr. Brantin McKay of Glenarm.
Dear Hughie and Aukrey:--
When one has made a decision such as you have it gives us great pleasure to spend a few hours in your honour when you are home on leave.
You have grown up in our midst and it is with great pride we meet here tonight to pay tribute in a small way to you in the King’s Uniform and to express our appreciation of the service you are rendering our country.
It makes us sad to think that your duties for a time at least take you from us, but our separation will be made easier by memories of the happy association in the past.
We are very proud of you when we look at your Strong Stalwart body and we know that no barrier will stop you in your firm loyal purpose of keeping the Hun on the run, and May God hasten the day when you’ll be coming down the “tenth” again a hero of “The British Flag.”
With many recollection, those assembled here have requested me in the Name to present to you these beautiful watches as a token of our gratitude for the stand you have taken in our behalf. We ask you to accept them as freely as we offer them, for it is fitting that you who are daily and hourly on guard for us, should bear about you this Monitor of passing time; ever making, we sincerely hope hours, days and many years of happiness for you.
A.C. MacMillan, M.W. MacMillan, Orland Brown, Grantin MacKay, Charlie Duggan.
Messrs. Chas Duggan and Orland Brown made the presentation.
Both young men replied fittingly.
Dancing continued a couple of hours and a pleasant evening enjoyed.