TE PUKE, BAY OF PLENTY
WORLD WAR TWO
CAIRO REUNION OF TE PUKE SOLDIERS
02 SEPTEMBER 1943
TE PUKE TIMES
TE PUKE SOLDIERS MEET
AIRGRAPH REPORT FROM GRAHAM GEMMING
We are very pleased to receive and proud to publish the following airgraph message from Pte. Graham Gemming, who not so long ago was the boy who did all the work at the Times office. That was before the present proprietor fell in up to his neck and has now to do it himself.
Last night (Thursday, Sept 2) as many Kiwis as could attend (who were one time residents in Te Puke district) were at a reunion in the Union Restaurant,
Well, last night was one where we met the majority of our cobbers and we will not soon forget the occasion and its pleasant memories. Ned Palmer occupied the chair (nearly as capably as his father has been doing for so many years) and together with his off-sider, George Wilkins kept the party lively and swinging smoothly and making the time pass too swiftly — which was the only complaint anybody had to offer.
"Grace" was said by Jack Barrow, after which "The King" was duly honoured. An excellent dinner was done justice to, then Henry Potaka proposed "Kindred Services" and Ted Rielly responded. One minute’s silence was observed for "Old Comrades".
The toast by George Wilkins, "Old Tommy Palmer" was honoured with all the enthusiasm it deserved.
Peter Delaney very ably rendered a song ("Whistling Rufus") after which George Wilkins sang a medley of popular songs. Lew Roberts proposed "The Town" and Ted Rielly replied.
George Webber, although he was unable to bring his piano accordion in with him, led community singing, throughout the evening.
Among those present were:
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