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Volunteer Dinner at Pontypool. On Saturday night, Captain Charles, Claremon t, Abergavonny, gave a dinner to the members of A Company. 3rd V. B. South Wales Borderers, Ponty- pool, in the Clarence Hotel, in celebration of his taking over the captaincy of the company. There were from 100 to 150 guests, and a capital dinner wan provided by the landlord, Mr Edwards, and the miuageyess, Mtss Dayies, Captain Charles pre- sided. Major Griffiths, in submitting the toast of Captain Charles, expressed his pleasure at seeing such a splendid muster of the men, and said that it was a good augury for the future. They had loyally supported the company in the past, and he felt certain that they would carry on that loyalty to the officer who now commanded them. Captain Charles did not possess an envinble position, for the Com- pany had had such a glorious record that it would be found a difficult task to keep it up to the traditions of the past. With the loyal support of the non-com. officers and the men generally, he, however, felt quite certain that having climbed to the top of the tree, they would stick there. They were going to camp on the 30th July, and though he felt rather disappointed that they were not going there as an army corps, he had no doubt they would enjoy themselves and do good work. He made a special appeal to them to back up their captain like men, and not to allow the whole company to fall from the proud position which they had occupied for such a length of time. Before concluding he might say that their late captain, his brother, who was now in South Africa, had sent his compliments to every man of the company. (Applause.) Captain Charles expressed his gratification at the hearty manner in which the toast had been responded to. He fully appreciated what Major Griffiths had said with regard to the responsibility which devolved upon him in taking over a company with as glorious a record as that possessed by the A Company. However, he would do his best, and with the loyal co-operation of the N.C.O's. and men he had no doubt that they would make themselves efficient. (Applause.) Surgeon-Major Essex then asked the company to drink to the health of Sergt. Search and the other members of the Active Service Detachment. He said that these men had conducted themselves like heroen, and were fully deserving of the honours which had been showered upon them. During the time they had been away they had never been forgotten, but had remained in the hearts of their friends and comrades at home. They had upheld the honour of their country, their battalion, and their town, and the memory of what they had do ne would for ever live in history. They all knew the hardships which they had had to undergo, the half rations, 25 mile marches, biscuits that some of their teeth were broken on, bad water, enteric fever, &c. but they hid borne them nobly in the interests of their country. (Applause.) Major Griffiths said that during the war the Volunteers had for ever settled tho question which had been often asked, and sometimes not in the most friendly spirit, whether the Volunteer forces were really nriy good. He did not see why they should not be, for they were of the same blood and the same spirit as those soldiers who had foull ht at Waterloo. During the war they had marched alongside and fought with the finest soldiers in the world, and had not only equalled them in courage and pertinacity, but in some respects had surpassed them. If, therefore, they had done so well whilst fighting on foreign soil, what would they do in defence of hearth and home ? The Volunteers had borne themselves like men, and as they had a quarter of a million of such men to depend upon, he felt that if ever there was an invasion of their country, the Volunteers would be in the front rank. (Applause.) Captain Williams having proposed the health of the chairman, which was enthusiastically received, the proceedings were concluded by Captain Sale, who made a strong appeal to the men to stand by the company, and uphold the houour and prestige which they had already gained. The speaker cloeed by proposing the health of the Sergt.-instructor, Sergt.-Major Cook. Ser^t.-major Cook responded, and also urged upon the men to support Captain Charles. During the evening songs were rendered by Messrs J. Griffiths, Robothum, W. Morgan, H. Spittle, W. Jones, Sergt. Luffman, and Surgeon- mujor Essex.

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