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Porth. Among those decorated by the King at Buckingnam Palace on Saturday was Secoud-laeutenaiit Frank Hawkins, Welsh Regiment, whose home is at the Tynewydd Hotel, Porth. He was awarded the Mili- tary Cross tor conspicuous gallantry at Mametz Wood, where he was severely wounded. On the afternoon, of July lUtn last year Second-Lieutenant Hawkins and his company, upon taking up a position at the Battle of the Woods, were shot at from behind. They returned for a mile and a halt to investigate, and iound a machine- gun manned by hve Germans, including one officer. Bombs settled the fate of the four men, and Lieutenat Hawkins himself shot 'the officer and captured the gun. Although suffering irom eight bullet wounds, the plucKY lieutenant subse- quently took part in a bayonet charge, in which he was further wounded. For a day and a night he and eight men hid in a shell crater in No Man's Land. Then he lost consciousness, and came to himself at a Rouen hospital four days later. Second- Lieutenant Hawkins is an ex-police officer. He is an old International football player, having represented Wales against England and France. He also won his cap for Somerset, Glamorgan County, and at the East and West Counties trial match. He was one of the fifteen who gained the Glamorgan Cup for Pontypridd in 1911, Dr. Charles E. Cochrane, M.B., of Tyny- waun, Porth, passed away on Sunday a-ft-er an illness lasting some Ifttle time. Dr. Cochrane, whu was well known and very popular in the district, took over the prac- tice at Porth of the late Dr. Ivor A. Lewis, whose daughter he married. He is sur- vived by the widow, one son—Lieutenant Cochrane, who is on active service with the South Wales Borderers—and three daughters. His brother-in-law is Captain Sidney Lewis, of Whitchurch. Private Samuel Coles, Dorset Regiment, was killed in action on January lltli. This was his second period of service in France. Ho had previously won the Military Medal, and had received five woutfds. His officers say that he was ever foremost in attack and alwavs cheerful. Volunteering was his speciality, and for every dangerous work h< was always found ready and eager." His brother. Private John Coles, Dorset Regiment, also a bomb-thrower, now lies in Chester Hospital with an arm blown off by the enemy. Their father, as many old sportsmen will remember, was a runner of note in South Wales and Monmouth- shire. He is Mr. James Coles, now resid- ing at 50 Aberrhondda-road, Porth. Elizabeth Hughes, Porth, who was charged at Newport on Wednesday, the 14th--nit., with being drunk and breaking a'<glass panel at the King's Inn, said she stiiashed the glass because they would not serve her with drink. She was fined 40s.

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