UNVEILING OF ROLL OF HONOUR BY MRS. F.N.
An event which will rank as one of the most
notable in the history of the Hightown Club,
Hightown, was the unveiling of the Club's
Roll of Honour, which took place in the
beautiful grounds at the main pavilion on
Saturday afternoon, under ideal conditions,
the weather being fine and sunny.
Punctually at the appointed interval
arranged for the cricket and tennis matches,
Mr. T.H. Russell (Chairman of the
Committee), briefly and very suitably
explained how the idea originated, and then
called upon Captain Blundell to perform the
task which he had kindly consented to do.
Captain Blundell, in the course of a happily
worded speech, commented on the honour that
had been conferred upon him in asking him to
come that afternoon to unveil the memorial
to perpetuate the memory of those members of
the Club who had given up their lives and of
those who had served in the interests of
their country. He said that the "boys" had
"played cricket" to the last, and no honour,
however great, could adequately repay them
for the great sacrifice they had rendered
for the protection of our homes and country.
Some of them had been privates and some
officers, but the War had by contact made
them understand and appreciate each other as
they had never done before. They stood as
one man for a just cause, and now that the
War was over, he expressed the hope that the
spirit of comradeship which had prevailed in
the War would continue, for the well-being
of the community. (Applause.) The Club, at
the outset of the War, had a membership of
130 playing members, of whom 117 had
actually joined the Army, and 17 had paid
the supreme sacrifice. The Club, he said,
ought to feel proud of such a record
(applause), and he mentioned as an inspiring
instance that one of the members who joined
the Army as a private was at the present
time commanding a London regiment, in Lieut-Colonel,
A.D. Dervis-Jones, D.S.O., M.C. (loud
applause.) In bringing his remarks to a
close, Captain Blundell paid a high tribute
to the devotion of the ladies during the
war, and asked Mrs. Blundell to unveil the
Memorial, which was universally admired.
Little Miss Bathgate, at the conclusion of
the ceremony, presented Mrs. Blundell with a
bouquet of white heather, which was
Mr. T.H. Russell proposed a vote of thanks
to Capt. Blundell for his kindness in being
present that afternoon, which was heartily
approved in the usual "Hightown way."
Afterwards Mrs. Blundell kindly presented
the prizes to the winners of the tennis
handicaps and American tournaments, viz.:-
The Misses Baker, Peggy Campbell; Messrs.
J.K. Turner, M.S. Yates, E. Norburn and E.L.