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I Active Service Company of…


I Active Service Company of Volunteers. I ENTERTAINED AT NEWPORT. I The Monmouthshire contingent of the Active Service Company of Volunteers, numbering about seventy, wns entertained to a public dinner at the Stow Hill Drill Hall, Newport, on Friday evening in last week, the cost of which had been defrayed by public subscription. The Mayor (Councillor W. H. Brown) presided, and was supported by Captain Kemmis and Captain Dawson (of the Active Service Company), Lord Tredegar (who wore the uniform of hon. colonel of the R.M.E. M.), Colonel the Hon. F. C. Morgan, M.P., Major Wyndham Quin, M.P., Mr. Sheriff Lawrence, M.P. (wearing his badge of office), Colonel J. A. Bradley (3rd V.B.S W. B.), Colonel Goss, 1 nel Williams (4th V.B S.W.B.). Colonel (ind V.B.S.W.B.), Colonel Wallis (1st V■> Artillery), Hon. Colonel Ingram, Mr. u'. iviile Marsh, Mr. R. Laybourne, the Rev. T. Lister (chaplain, 4th V.B.S. W.B.), the Rev. D. E, L1. Jones (2nd V.B.S. W. B.), Major Clifford Phillips, Lieut. Wyman, Colonel F. Evans, Captain Badger, Captain Summers, Lieutenant Richards, Lieutenant Foeter Stedman, Sergeant- Major English (2nd V. B.S. W.B.), Major Newman, Hon. Major Laybourne, Capcain Willey, Lieut. Massey, Lieut. Willcox, Lieut-Surgeon Howard Jones, Sergt.-Major Whitehead (Gloucestershire Yeomanry), Dr. Herbert Williams, Major Gallagher, MesHs. W T. Carter (Australia), C. D. Phillips, L. H. Hornby, T. Parry, A. E. Garwood. W. H. Davies (Abersychan), W. Stanley Jones, W. L. Goldsworthy, C. E. Parsons, and others. The balconies were occupied by a fairly large number of ladies. Duritig the dinner the combined bands of the 2nd and 4th V.B. South "Wales Borderers played a selection of music. The Mayor proposed the toast of The King," which was drunk with musical honours. Letters of apology for inability to attend were read from Lord Llangattock and a number of others. Mr. R. Laybourne proposed the toast of the Lord Lieutenant," and said the appointment of Lord Tredegar to that high office by our late Queen was a joy to all the people in Monmouth- shire. (Applause.) His name was on the roll of history, aud so long as the Charge of the Light Brigade was remembered, his name would not be forgotten. (Applause.) Those Volunteers in front of him knew what it was to be in a campaign, and could appreciate the difficulties the British Army had experienced in the Crimea. (Applause.) The toast was drunk with great cordiality, and Lord Tredegar, in responding, said he hoped that the services which the company had rendered would not be forgotten by :he county. Just about that time last year. when affairs were not looking very bright iit South Africa, he could assure them that none were more anxious than lord lieutenants of the different counties. They began to think that as the reverses were going on—losses by wounds and sickness-it would be difficult, perhaps, to re-place those who had been taken away from them, and the lord lieutenants began to consider whether it would not be necessary to call a meeting of their deputy-lieutenants, and go back to the history of years ago, and see whether they would not be obliged to call upon the deputy- lieutenants to muster all their particular districts and find a number of men capable of serving the Queen, and to enforce the Ballot Act. But fortunately, they saw the whole country roused as it were by loyalty. (Applause.) The difficulty of the lord-lieutenants was to get men to fill the home battalions, because all the men wanted to go out to the front at once. (Applause.) Many went without much drill or experience, but there had been nothing to show that the want of drill or experience was any drawback to their conduct. A gentleman whose son had now some property in this country said some years ago in describing the field of Waterloo, It is an ugly land for an ugly game." Probably the men might say the same of the land from which they had come back. (Hear, hear.) His lordship had used the expression loyalty because he felt he could not use the word "patriotism," as patriotism, curiously enough, had been looked upon as an indifferent term, because they associated it with jingoism." But loyalty bad suddenly burst forth. It was loyalty to the Empire, of c)urte it was loyalty to her late Gracious Majesty and to the present King—a desire to see that the Empire should not have a slur upon it. With loyalty such as the Volunteers had shown, he did not fear coming out of this unfortunate war with flying colours, with honour to the Empire, which the Volunteers had so nobly sustained. (Applause.) The last, and certainly not the least, of those in the House of Lords, to which he (his lordship) belonged, was Sir Alfred Milnel, and he slated the other day, when he was welcomed home, that he had had to contend with panoplied hatred, insensate ambition, and invincible ignorance. He (his lordship) believed that that was what they had to contend with, and he was afraid would have to contend with for a little time longer, but he felt sure that when they had loyalty such as they had seen in this country, they had no fear that they would not come out of this unfortunate war with flying colours, and with honour to the Empire which the Volunteers before him had so gallantly assisted. (Applause.) Mr. Lawrence, M.P., proposed The Spiritual and Temporal Forces," and after speaking in eulogistic terms of the beneficent work done by the clergy and ministers, went on to refer to the brave Volunteers who had returned home from the frout, after doing such loyal service for their country. (Applause.) As a Sheriff of the City of London, lie brought to that gathering the hearty greetings of the City—a City which had established witbiu irself a force of 1,600 men, known as the City Imperial Volunteers. (App'ause.) In one mouth that force was raised, and the sum of £ 126,000 subscribed to send it equipped and fully organised to the front. (Applause.) As an old Volunteer captain himself—(applause)—of the 40Lh Laneashires, it was a great pleasure for him to meet the Monmouthshire Volunteers on such an occasion as that. He had also a mission to perform. He had come down by train that evening with the Permanent Secretary to the War Office, Colonel Hanbury Williams, who had been rendering good service to Lord Kitchener, and Colonel Williams desited him to express to that gathering his regret that circumstances prevented him being present, otherwise he should have been delighted to pay testimony to the good services the South Wales and Monmouthshire Volunteers had rendered in Africa. (Applause.) The Rev. '1', Ll. Lister and Col. Bradney respouded in felieitous terms. The Mayor, in proposing "The Volunteer Active Service Company," said he need not, he was sure, say again how glad they were to welcome back, not only to Newport but the county, so large a proportion or tne volunteers wrio jell ULIC-IR JAOMOS a year or so ago to go to another country to assist their country in a time of need. (Applause ) They all rejoiced at the object lesson which was given to them when the Volunteers, not only of the county and the town, but of the whole country, responded to the call, and nobly offered themselves for active service. (Applause) He said that a striking object lesson was rendered, not only to their own but the whole civilised world. (Applause.) IlIod, as far as they could, watched the Active Seivice Company in their career. Their hearts went out with them to South Africa they had been greatly interested in all their doings in that country, and they rej uiced to meet them face to face. They appreciated their self-denial, aud they all hoped the Volunteers would live long, and that their future lives would be happy and prosperous. (Applause.) He asked them to drink the health of the Active Service Comnany. This was done with a bumper, the company heartily cheering the guests. Captain Kemmis thanked them for their hearty reception of the toast, and also for the welcome accorded the men on their return home. He did not think it was necessary to dwell upon what had been done in South Africa, as they had read all that in the newspapers. The company behaved splendidly, their shooting and marching being remarkably good. They left Cape Town with 108 men, aud he walt glad to say they reached Johannes- burg with 104 men. (Applause.) He was proud to be in command of such a fine body of men, who did credit in every possible way, not only to their line regiment, but their Volunteer Battalioa. (Applause.) Captain Dawson also briefly replied. Lord Tredegar proposed the health of their president, the Mayor of Newport, who had organised that gathering with great success, and had given them a most patriotic speech. The toast was enthusiastically drunk. The Mayor siid they were indebted to the sees— Captains Summers and Fawckner—for their services in connection with that banquet. Whatever duties he might have had to perform, or would have in the- future, be could safely say that nothing had given him greater pleasure than being able to render any little service in connection with the Active Service Company of the Volunteers. (Applause.) An excellent programme of music, &c., war given during the evening. The proceedings terminated with the eloping of the National Anthem and cheers.



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