• William Howard

Army / Flying Corps

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Ballina, New South Wales, Australia

  • Birth

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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    • The Men of "A" Company, 26th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Saturday, 18 January 2020

    Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954) Sat 31 May 1919 Page 3 TEVEN, Tuesday. Despite the weather (it is still raining at Teven) the "welcome home" on Tuesday evening last was a great success. All Teven was represented, and a few visitors from Ballina, Tintenbar and Cumbalum were present. The guests of the evening were:— Lieutenant Toby Biggs, M.M. (who is another of the well-known "Teven eight"), Privates "Bill" and Harold Howard, and Corporal Jack and Private Ernie Stoker. The four first-mentioned boys are all Anzacs, Lieut. Biggs enlisting at the outbreak of war in 1914, and the Howard Brothers and Jack Stoker early in 1915. The evening opened with the singing of the National Anthem, which was followed by a most enjoyable programme rendered by our old friends from Ballina, who are ever ready to aid us : Misses Stronach, Young, Stirling and Muirhead, Messrs. Garrett and King, and Mr. C. Greenwood (Teven). A new artist in the person of Miss Webster, of Ballina, became a favorite at once. Her plaintive (?) song "Lonely" took the hearts of the diggers by storm. At the conclusion of the musical programme, light refreshments were served. The chairman, Mr. W. Cruickshanks, then introduced the boys to the audience. Messrs. Fredericks (Tintenbar), Roach, Warne, Hitchcock, and T. Greenwood spoke in glowing terms of the splendid deeds of the boys when "over there." Miss Stronach (Ballina), Lieutenant Harold Fredericks (Tintenbar), Lieut. N. Clark (Teven), and Private D. Egan (Nimbin) expressed their pleasure at seeing the boys safe home again. Each speaker concluded by wishing the guests a happy and prosperous future. All the boys were cheered heartily and each suitably responded, thanking the residents for remembering them while they were abroad. The Shire of Tintenbar War Service Medal was presented to each soldier and a vote of thanks accorded to the party of entertainers from Ballina. Mr. Garrett ably responded. Mr. Fredericks then moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was carried with acclamation. The hall was afterwards quickly cleared and dancing followed.