Dressing sheds for the Oval

A New Zealand field ambulance established in a wood on the Western Front. — Otago Witness, 4.9.1918.
A New Zealand field ambulance established in a wood on the Western Front. — Otago Witness, 4.9.1918.
In the Bristol Company’s concert chamber last night a meeting of representatives of sports bodies was held to consider sheds on the Oval for the many players, ladies and gentlemen, who use the ground during the week.

Representatives were present from football, cricket, hockey, and other bodies. Mr E. L. Macassey, who occupied the chair, outlined a scheme to raise finds and Mr R. Bennell enlarged upon it. The idea is that the clubs using the Oval should hold a tournament on the Caledonian  Ground on the 21st inst., with seven-a-side teams taking part in football (Rugby and Association), hockey, and basketball games, together with a couple of harrier races. In the evening there will be a concert in His Majesty’s Theatre. By means of these attractions it is expected to raise a considerable sum, with which four or five dressing sheds of a temporary nature will be built. It is hoped, too, that assistance will be given by the City Council.

British advance

The following telegraphic review of the general war situation for the week ended August 30 has been received by the Acting Prime Minister: On the British front the advance has been continued along the whole line from the Somme to the Scarpe. On the left flank, north of the Scarpe, Gavreiles and Arleuxen-Gobelle have been captured. South of the Scarpe we gained Cherisy and Fontaine les Croisilles. These places have never yet been in British hands. Our advance here carried us two miles east of the furthest line ever reached in 1917. Most important progress was made by French between  Roye and the Oise.

Kiwis take Bapaume

The New Zealanders have taken Bapaume. Early this morning, August 28, our patrols entered the outskirts of the town. North Island troops are now right through the town, and pushing on apparently with little resistance from the enemy, who, having been so severely handled in the previous fighting, eventually had to get out. The Rifles share with the North Island troops the honour of getting through Bapaume. The former went through on the north side and latter on the south, the two units meeting at the brickworks on the eastern side. Both brigades are now marching forward in great heart on Fremicourt and Bancourt. The day is fine, with sunshine and a drying wind. Pressing beyond Bapaume, our troops went on till they found the enemy holding a trench line on the high ground northwest of Beagny.

Coal prospects at Kaitangata

A party of miners is at present engaged in looking for a coal seam which is known to exist on the Dunedin City Corporation reserve at Kaitangata. The operations have led the men into contact with one of the drives from which coal was won in the early days of coal-mining in the township, when the river in the locality of the old tramway presented a busy scene on account of the number of light-draught vessels which traded between the township and outside ports. In those early times vessels like the Invercargill, Kakanui, Margaret Reid, Mary Reid, and many others found the river to be easily navigable; but during recent years the amount of silting up which has been in process has made navigation impossible. — ODT, 3.9.1918

 

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