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Byrne, Cecil John

Cecil Byrne was a teacher at Royalla when he enlisted on 4 August 1915. Further biographic details are given at the ACT Memorial

ROYALLA. A correspondent writes: A very pleasing function took place at the local school on Fri day afternoon, when the teacher, Mr. C. Byrne, who has enlisted, was presented by the pupils with an address and a set of military hair brushes. The presentation was made by Miss Jean Morrison. Master J. Hourigan read the address, which was signed by the pupils. Mr. Byrne thanked the children for their gifts. Afternoon tea was served by the ladies present, and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Later in the evening the parents of the children assembled at the residence of Mr. E. Morrison to bid farewell to Mr. Byrne. Mr. E. Twyford was voted to the chair, and spoke very feelingly of the many sterling qualities of their guest. They would all miss him from their district, but knowing he was going to do his duty they could only wish him the best of luck and trust that he would come back to them safe and sound. Messrs. E. Morrison and A. Williams also spoke in glowing terms of their guest. Mr. J. Blewitt then presented Mr. Byrne with a wristlet watch as a small keepsake from his many well-wishers at Royalla. Mr. Byrne, in replying, thanked them for their gift, and said in enlisting he was simply doing his duty.

[Goulburn Evening Penny Post,Thursday 5 August 1915]


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