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Of the prisoners captured 180 were officers, while over 800 were wounded, and these received the best treatment at the hands of our medical corps. On the line of its long trek lie many German dead, and there must also have been a large number of wounded who got back to the German dressing stations. Numbers of the wounded died at the German casualty clearing stations. The graves in the German cemetery at Lesdain (south of Cambrai) bore witness of this fact.
Throughout the advance the education scheme and the entertainment of officers and men have not been neglected. Lectures have been delivered by eminent British professors, and a company of divisional entertainers is playing nightly to audiences of close upon 1,000 soldiers. Another theatre party is away playing for the French charities in Paris, and our Rugby football team goes to play important matches in Paris and other towns.
The satisfaction of having done a kindly action is itself a full reward, but to be able to reward a kindly deed with another equally thoughtful also has its charm. Some time ago while a well-known member of the Caledonian Bowling Club, who has now passed away after reaching the allotted span of the Psalmist, was walking along a city street, a little girl stopped him and told him his bootlace had become untied. The old man could not stoop to tie the lace, and the little girl tied it for him. The man then asked the little girl her name, and to make sure told her to write it down. But the child was too young and the man too old to write the name. A passer-by was stopped and the position explained. The passer-by wrote the name and address on a piece of paper and handed it to the old man. The sequel is that the little girl has been left £100 in the will of the deceased.
Crowd control at station
A considerable amount of confusion and trouble has arisen on several occasions recently when returned soldiers have arrived in Dunedin, owing to the public rushing the railway platforms and blocking the exits of the station. On different occasions soldiers have been unable to find their relatives, and have had to leave the station without them. Mothers and wives have been greatly distressed at not being able to ascertain if their sons and husbands had arrived as they could not force their way through the crowd. On returning to their homes they have discovered that the soldiers had arrived and found no one to welcome them. Considerable damage has been done to the motor cars conveying the soldiers to their homes. In order to obviate this arrangements have been made whereby the southern exit of the station will be roped off and an enclosure provided in which the cars can be loaded with the soldiers and their next-of-kin. The public are requested to assist in the transport of the soldiers by refraining from crowding on the enclosed space. Many of the soldiers are disabled and quite unable to push their way through a crowd, and will greatly appreciate facilities that will enable them to reach their homes. — ODT, 23.10.1918.
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