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1 Welcome Home ill LLANELLY RECEIVES THE V.C. HERO. I ENTHUSIASTIC PROCEEDINCS. We regret that owing to the necessity of sending the "Star" to press early, it is not possible for us to give a report of the enthusiastic greeting accorded to Sergt. Ivor Rees, V.C., to-day. The gal- lant soldier attended by royal command at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, where he was invested with his well- earned decoration by the King. On Thursday and Friday he spent a quiet time at Newport and Cardiff with rela- tives, and this morning he travelled to Llanelly where he was due to arrive at 12.40 o'clock. A great enthusiastic crowd was gathered here, the town being repre- sented by the Mayor and Corporation, and members of other bodies, including the Pwll Reception Committee with Lady Howard as chairman, the Volunteer Battalion, Boy Scouts and Church Bri- gade. A procession was then formed which paraded the principal streets, finishing up in front of the Town Hall, from the balcony of which a number of speeches were delivered. Luncheon was afterwards served at the Stepney Hotel where a presentation of a sum of money was made to Sergt. Rees. Later on, he visited the sports at Stradey Park, and afterwards proceeded to Pwll, where a tremendous reception awaited him. ILLUMINATED ADDRESS. I Appended is a copy of the illuminated address beautifully executed by Mr. T. Rhys Davies, Vaughan street, presented to Sergt. Rees by the Pwll Soldiers' and Sailors' Committee:- To Sergeant Ivor Rees, V.C., 11th Batt., South Wales Borederers. On behalf of the inhabitants of Pwll, near Llanelly, we the Committee of the Pwll Sailors' and Soldiers' Fund, beg you to accept this Address as a mark of our appreciation of the great honour you have brought to the village by your heroic con- duct in winning the V.C. during the military operations in France in July— August, 1917. When the Country in its hour of need called for men to fight its just cause you volunteered immediately. You have now been fighting in France for many months, and you have won the highest distinction it is possible for a British soldier to win. You are the first native of this district ever to win this high distinction, and in doing so you have brought delight to the hearts of your wife and parents, and honour, not only to the village of Pwll, not only to the town of Llanelly and the County of Carmarthen, but also to your native land of W ales, and to the famous regiment of which we as Welshmen are ever proud—the South Wales Borderers. You have set an example which will live for ever in the history of the village. To you, and others like you, who have borne unflinchingly the rigours of this ter- rible war, we owe a debt we never can re- pay, hut the memory of your valour and self-sacrifice will he, to every one of us, always a source of pride and inspiration. The gallant deed for which His Gracious Majesty King George V, decorated you with the Victoria Cress at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. 2i)th September, lUll, is described as follows in the Lon- don "Gazette" of 14th September, 1017: No. 20002 Sergeant Ivor Rees, South Wales Borderers. For most conspicuous bravery in attack A hostile machine-gun opened fire at close range, inflicting many casualties. Lead- ing his platoon forward by short rushes, Ser?t. Rees gradually worked his way round the r'.?ht ihnk to the rear of the gun position, and when he was about 20 yards from the machine gun he rushed forward towards the team, shot one, and bayonetted another. He then bombed the large concrete emplacement, killing five and capturing 30 prisoners, of whom two were officers, in addition to an un- damaged machine gun. In conclusion wo trust that you will live happily for many years to enjoy the respect and admiration of your fellow- villaa:ers end fellow-countrymen. "Cymvu• am byth." Meriel Howard, president Pwll Sailors' and Soldiers' Committee; Rev. R. Owen, chairman Rev. Thos..Jones, Vice-chairman; Rev. Philip Richard Thomas; David Anthony, Dd Brazell, Thos. Brazell, W. Bassett, Thomas EVans, Wm. Harries, James John, Joseph "Lewis, J. TTnghes-Reos, Thos. J. Samuel, Griffith Saunders, G. J. Thomas, Henry Thomas, Thomas S. Walters, Geo. Worgan, Benj. Jones, hon. treasurer; Walter Hoskin, hon. secretary. October 2nd, 1917.

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