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e n COPmSES OF THE WAR. Divisional Council Formed for Breconshire, Member? of the Comrades of the Great War." from various parts of Breconsbire assembled at Church House, Brecon, on Saturday afternoon to meet Capt. J. Arthur Jones, organiser for South Wales, and to form a divisional council for the county. Col. Stuart Morgan, president of the Brecon branch, presided, and amongst those present were the Mayor of Brecon (Mr W. F. Parry deWinton), Capt. M. F. Thomas, Messrs W. H. Jones-Parry (hon. treasurer of the Brecon branch), T. Maund, W. R. Prosser, W. H. Larkin, W. Morgan, Robert Lewis (hon. sec. of the Brecon branch), W. T. Taylor (Crickhowell), Lancelot Henderson (Hay), Wm Owen (Ystradgyulais), E. C. Parry (Talybont), Pugh (Llangynidr), &c. Col. Stuart Morgan, before commencing the business, expressed his thanks to the Mayor of Brecon for honouring them with his presence, and assured him they heartily welcomed him. (Hear, hear). Capt. Jones, in the course of an ex- planatory address, said that the Comrades of the Great War had made very rapid progress throughout Wales, and the time had come when they must redeem the promise made in the early days of the movement to give the rank and file full representation on county and national governing bodies. This had been done in England, and they had already estab- lished in Wales nine divisions, and hoped the tenth would be secured from that meeting. In South Wales they had a Cardiff division with over 0,000 members, there was Glamorganshire, one in Pembrokeshire, and one in Radnorshire. The divisional councils in their turn would have the right to elect six repre- sentatives each on the national body, the Welsh National Grand Council, which would hold its first meeting at Cardiff on ) July 25th. Each division had a divisional commander, deputy commander, secretary, treasurer, and executive committee of ten members, with a quorum of seven. It was hoped those officers would be elected that afternoon, also six repre- sentatives to go to the Welsh National Council meeting on July 25th. Lord Glanusk was the representative of Breconshire on the Provisional Grand Council which was formed in January, and he ventured to suggest that his lord- + ship would be a good commander for the Breconshire Division, but wished to make it clear that this was entirely a matter for the meeting. Generally the deputy commander was chosen from the rank and file. Sooner or later the I' divisional secretary would have to be a full time official, because the work would become rather arduous but the time had not yet arrived when they were in a position to offer a living wage, and some temporary arrangement would have to be made for n em til remuneration. They hoped to receive a large contribution from the Army and Navy canteens fund, in proportion to their numbers, well over ¡' 2,000,000. and then they would be in a position to pay full time divisional ,I secretaries. The Mayor remarked that on behalf of the town he should like to say how very glad they were to know that the Comrades of the Great War Association was such a thriving institution amongst ex-Service men ttiat the timfe had come when they had To form a division for Breeonshire. As the mayor he welcomed the Comrades there, and he hoped the county town would be the headquarters of the new division. It would be a great pleasure to bim to help the move- ment in any way in his power. If at any time during his period of office it was desired to hold a public meeting, he would be glad to put the Town Hall at the disposal of the Comrades and if I any assistance was required for organi- zation, he hoped he might be privileged to give them a helping hand. (Applause). On behalf of the Welsh National head- quarters. Cai-L Joi.os thanked the Mayor for his presence. They attached great importance to the assistance and support of the local authorities, in attaining their ends-fair treatment and justice to the ex-Service man in civil life. Mr Henderson seconded a formal vote of thanks, and this was cordially endorsed by the meeting. The Mayor, replying, said he fully ap- preciated what the nation owed to the Comrades and others who had served their country, and he hoped that deep gratitude would be shown for what they had done for the British Empire. It was an interesting fact that they were meeting on the day when the repre- ki"&) ,J "¿.v ,v put their signatures to the Treaty of Peace, which, after all, when it was signed, would be kept as far as we made the Germans keep it. Our Service men had secured a great victory over brutes and infidels, and it was due to them to acknowledge it. (Applause). His Wor- ship then withdrew. It was decided to form a divisional council for Breconshire, and on the motion of Mr Owen, seconded by the Chairman, Lord Glanusk was unanimously elected commander. The Chairman proposed that Capt. M. F. Thomas be appointed deputy com- mander, remarking that Capt. Thomas was Lord Glanusk's adjutant for a long time in the Brecknockshire Battalion, and he was sure his lordship would be very glad to have his help. Capt. Thomas reminded the meeting of Capt. Jones's statement that it was usual to choose the deputy commander from the rank and file, and urged that that custom should be followed. The Chairman Would you rather ¡ appoint one from the rnnk and file ? I Voices No. I Mr Owen An officer who was good enough to lead us in war is good enough to lead us now. (Hear. hear). Capt. Thomas was unanimously elected. Mr Jones-Parry proposed Mr Robert Lewis as divisional secretary, and spoke of the satisfactory work he had done for the Brecon branch. Mr Henderson seconded, and Mr Lewis agreed to act. Mr Prosser moved the election of Mr Jones-Parry as treasurer, mentioning that he had been a most efficient treasurer to the Brecon branch.—The Chairman .T'ccndcd a::rl it wus carried The next business was the re-election I of the executive, and Capt. Jones took the opportunity of thanking Mr Maund for the valuable assistance he had ren- dered in establishing the Comrades movement in Breeonshire. The Chairman, Capt. M. F. Thomas, and Mr Jones-Parry bore similar testimony, and it was pointed out that Mr Maund inaugurated the flourishing Brecon branch, and had done a great amount of work for the Comrades in other ways. The following were appointed on the Executive Committee (the officials are ex-officio members) :-The Rev. R. W. Jones, rector of Llangynidr (who has served as a chaplain of the Forces), Lieut. Sparrow (Talybont), Messrs J. E. Price (Beulah), W. T. Taylor (Crickhowell), E. C. Parry (Talybont), W. Owen (Ystradgyulais), L. Henderson (Hay), W. Morgan, W. R. Prosser, W. H. Larkin, and T. Maund (Brecon). Capt. Thomas and the Treasurer and Secretary were appointed an appeals sub-committee and Capt. Thomas, Lieut. Sparrow, Messrs Maund, Hender- son, and Lewis were appointed repre- sentatives on the Welsh National Council.

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