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The Magazine of the Central Presbyterian Association - 1918

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CPA Magazine January 1918

General Notes.

Sec.-Lieut. J. C. M'Naught, of the Royal Irish Regiment, a C.P.A. Roll of Honour member, was recently mentioned in despatches by the Commander-in-Chief of the Salonica Army.

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Congratulations to Lieut. J. H. Hudson on the recent marriage to Miss Beatrice Marshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, of Beechbank, Ballyroney. The ceremony took place at Newcastle Presbyterian Church, the officiating minister being Rev. W. Shepherd, B.A., of Ballyroney. Lieutenant Hudson is serving with the British troops in Italy.

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We regret to announce the death of Miss Eliza M'Bride, of Lismore, Windsor Avenue, sister of Messrs. Thomas, Robert, and W. D. M'Bride. The late Miss M'Bride was specially interested in Foreign Mission work, and she was also a valuable member of Fitzroy Avenue congregation.

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We respectfully offer our condolences to the following of our friends who have been bereaved -- Mr. Jas. S. Reid, on the death of his sister; Miss isobel M'Burney, whose brother, Mr. John M'Burney, passed away recently; Mr. George M'Farland, who mourns the loss of his sister; Mr. Edwin Girvan, whose brother, Capt. Fred Girvan, was killed in action a short time ago; and Mr. Herbert M'Master, on the death of his father.

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The Presbyterian Church has sustained a heavy loss in the recent death of Mr. W. M. Cuthbert, of Capetown and Belfast, son of the late Mr. Joseph Cuthbert, J.P., who was a former Vice-President of our Association, and brother of one of our present Vice-Presidents, Rev. Alexander Cuthbert, M.A., of Carrickfergus. The late Mr. W. M. Cuthbert was, like his father, a generous contributor to all the funds of the Church, and a loyal friend and supporter of its work, and to his generosity the Assembly Hall owes its magnificent and expensive "Cuthbert Organ."

To the widow and children, and Rev. Mr. Cuthbert and friends, we tender our Hearty most respectful and sincere sympathy in their sorrow.

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Capt. Harold L. Dickson, of the Pioneer Batt. of the Ulster Division, wounded recently, is one of our Roll of Honour Members, and has been at the front for over two years. We wish Capt. Dickson a speedy recovery.

 

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CPA Magazine February 1918

General Notes.

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool -- shun him.

He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is simple -- teach him.

He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep -- wake him.

He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise -- follow him. -- Arabian Proverb.

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Hearty congratulations to Mr. James Blane, Ballydougan, Gilford, one of our latest members, on being appointed to a Commission of the Peace.

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The wedding bells were ringing merrily on January 9 at Carnmoney Parish Church, when Thomas Brice Smyth was married to Miss Sallie Yarr. The bridegroom is one of our most genial members, and in wishing him and his happy bride many years of united bliss we are expressing the sentiments of all our members.

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We are delighted to state that our Roll of Honour members are continuing to add their distinctions, as will be seen from the following paragraphs.

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Major Edmund Henry Clokey, Machine Gun Corps, 53, Crumlin Road, Belfast, who has been awarded the Military Cross, is a son of the late Mr. Thos. Clokey (who was for many years associated with Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church as missionary and Mrs. Clokey, 53, Crumlin Road, Belfast. He was a member of the old Y.C.V., and was afterwards associated with the North Belfast U.V.F. Entering the Army in 1914, he served as an officer in the Y.C.V.s until his transfer to the M.G.C., in which he holds the acting-rank of Major.

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Second-Lieutenant Thomas B. Stephenson, Royal Irish Rifles, who has been awarded the Military Cross, is a son of Mr. W. R. Stephenson, 26, Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast. Joining the colours under the Derby scheme, he was trained in a cadet corps, first under Colonel R. H. Wallace, C.B., and afterwards at Fermoy, where he was captain of the teams which won the battalion and company cups for cross-country running. Second-Lieutenant Stephenson has been on active service since MAy last. His elder brother, Sergeant William Stephenson, of the Y.C.V.s, was killed in action in April, 1916, while his younger brother, Andrew Stephenson, of the same battalion, was wounded before Thiepval on 1st July, 1916, and is now doing duty with the Scout section.

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Captain H. G. Morrow, Royal Irish Rifles, awarded the Military Cross, is a son of Mr. Andrew Morrow, 2, Avonmore Terrace, Balmoral, Belfast. He entered the Army is a cadet, and after serving foe a year under Colonel R. H. Wallace, C.B., was appointed to a commission in July, 1916, proceeding later in that year to the front. Second-Lieutenant Morrow has come through a great deal of service unscathed.

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In addition to the foregoing, we note that Captain H. L. Dickson, of the 16th Battalion R.I.R. (Pioneers), and Lieut. A. Norman M'Clinton, M.C., son of Mr. John M'Clinton, "Roseville," Windsor Park, have been mentioned in dispatches. We tender to all these worthy men our heartiest congratulations.

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The marriage took place at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church recently between Mr. J. H. Moodie, of "Ardeen," Bloomfield, brother of Lieut. T. Lindsay Moodie, of the R.F.A., and Miss Isabel Mary Tennant, of Caverham, Roundhay, Leeds. Rev. C. M. Young, B.A., was the officiating minister. That they may have many years of united joy and prosperity is our wish for Mr. and Mrs. Moodie.

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Our heartiest congratulations to Mr. R. C. Ferguson, M.A., LL.B., on his appointment as Secretary to the Charity Organisation Society. His many eminent qualities fit him in every way for the office, and we wish him much success.

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We note with pleasure that Mr. H. G. Stevenson, who is one of our associates, and the representative of the Ministry of Pensions for the North of Ireland, has had the honour conferred on him of a Member of the Order of the British Empire. This is a tribute to his work and worth, and marks the high appreciation of his efforts in connection with the Pensions Scheme. Congratulations.

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There will be widespread regret amongst our members at the death of Mr. George A. Duncan, formerly of Railway Street, Lisburn, which took place on Tuesday, at his residence, 7, Toronto Terrace, Belfast. The late gentleman was a son of the late Mr. George Duncan, of Lisburn, a founder of the successful drapery business which is still carried on by his successors in the family at Market Square. The deceased and his brother, the late Mr. Fred Duncan, were associated in the conduct of the establishment for many years, and it was only some three years ago that he came to reside in Belfast, where, with his son, Mr. Stanley Duncan, he carried on a number of successful commission agencies, the Lisburn business continuing in the hands of Mr. Fred and Mr. George Duncan, sons of the late Mr. F. Duncan. While resident in Lisburn, the deceased served for a period in the Urban Council. He took a deep interest in educational affairs, and was manager of the First Presbyterian Church Day-school of Market Square. Mr. Duncan was universally respected as an upright and honourable gentleman. He was one of our staunchest members, and we tender to the widow, son, and two daughters our deepest sympathy in their deep sorrow and great loss.

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To the following of our members who have suffered bereavement since our last issue, we respectfully offer our condolences: Rev. A. Wylie Blue, the popular minister of May St. Church, who mourns the loss of his beloved mother. Mr. A. P. Kerns, whose brother has recently passed away. And to Mr. George M'Farland, who is bereaved a second time, now mourning the loss of his mother, following the recent death of his sister.

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Congratulations to the Rev. Matthew Majury, B.A., B.D., of Garvagh, on his recent marriage to Miss Florence Stuart, who is a sister of Mr. A. J. Stuart, the Hon. Sec. of our Junior Guild, and Mr. Jack Stuart, one of our promising junior members.

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Another marriage solemnised lately at Malone Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. T.A. Smyth, M.A., LL.B., was that of Mr. R. J. Johnston, who was for several years the popular captain of our football team, to Miss Mercy M'Cormack, daughter of Mr. R. J. M'Cormack, a loyal C.P.A.-ite. Best wishes to the happy pair for a long and prosperous career.

 

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CPA Magazine March 1918

General Notes.

Mr. John Brown, one of our Roll of Honour members, and son of Mr. Wm. Brown, late of the Orphan Society, has been appointed to a Second Lieutenancy in the South Lancs. Congratulations and good wishes.

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We were delighted to note the high esteem in which the High Sheriff, Alderman Wm. Tougher, J.P., is held by his business associates, as was evidenced by the compliment paid to him recently by the Belfast Pawnbrokers' Association. Alderman Tougher is a member of the C.P.A., and has always been most willing to help us in any branch of our work when called on. His genial good nature is proverbial, and brightens every meeting he attends. We wish for him many further happy days.

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Our best wishes are extended to Second Lieut. P. H. Patterson (son of our popular gymnasium director), for the future happiness of himself and his bride. Second Lieut. Patterson was married on February 8 to Miss Hazel Elliott, eldest daughter of the late D. W. Elliott, M.P.S.I. and Mrs. Elliott, of 2, Fitzwilliam Street, at All Saints, Woodford Green, Essex.

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Our Roll of Honour is still on the increase, the latest to join up being Mr. T. L. Watson, a junior member, and an adherent of the Billiard rooms. He has joined the Royal Garrison Artillery, and is stationed at Grey Point. Mr. Watson signallised his departure by winning the Xmas Snooker Handicap, which is quite an achievement amongst such talent as our Billiard room members can boast of. We tender to him our congratulations on this success, and best wishes for his safe return.

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We have received further letters of thanks from our boys abroad for the gifts sent out at Christmas, among them being one from 2nd Lieut. C. K. Edwards, now at Salonika. We are pleased that our effort to brighten the lives of our soldier lads has been so much appreciated.

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The following extract from a letter received by one of our members from his son, serving in France, is worth reproducing:-- "Evidently Fritz is making a final plunge, and it's up to us all to 'stick it,' as another month or so will see the U-boat scare a thing of the past. And from what I see the war is going to be won at home, not out here, and I wouldn't for worlds our people would cave in first. We can leave that to the German people. So if you hear any 'grousers' complain about the price of things and the want, just tell them from me to do as Tommy does: 'tighten their belts and stick it.' We will provide the belts."

No pessimism and some grit here!

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C.P.A. members of Scottish extraction will be interested to know that Mr. W. T. Smith, of Cyprus Gardens, is the Hon. Treasurer in Ireland for a scheme to assist Stranded Border Soldiers. He will be glad if "Borderers" who are members of the Association would communicate with him with a view to giving some little assistance in this worthy cause.

 

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CPA Magazine April 1918

General Notes.

Capt. H. L. Dickson, who was wounded and in hospital for a considerable time, favoured us with a call recently. We were glad to see him looking so fit. He hopes to be ready again for duty soon, and wishes to be remembered to all his old friends.

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Our Roll of Honour is still adding to its numbers, its latest adjunct being Mr. Samuel J. S. Morton, who has joined the Mechanical Transport. Mr. Morton was one of the most promising of the devotees of the Junior Guild, and was showing signs of becoming an accomplished speaker. He carries with him our best wishes for a safe and speedy return.

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Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. T. H. Barr, a member of the Governing Body, on the recent death of his beloved and devoted wife. Mrs. Barr had just had a remarkable recovery from a deadly illness, when she contracted a chill, supervened by pneumonia, from which she never rallied, and passed peacefully away. We share in his great sorrow.

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Our best wishes for a speedy recovery are tendered to Lieut. H. D. Sinclair, 5th Batt. R.I.R., who is a nephew of our worthy President. He was wounded recently in action, and is now at the Base Hospital.

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The following letter from Mr. Wm. Jamison, one of our members serving with the 18th London Irish Rifles, should be of interest, specially to those who help us to send Xmas parcel:--

30th January, 1918.

Dear Sir, -- I wish you, the Committee, and the members of the C.P.A. to accept my best thanks for the books you so kindly sent me. I am very fond of books, and as the two you have sent me are very "readable" ones, I appreciate your gift.

I also had the pleasure of receiving two from you last Christmas, while I was in Salonica, but this year I am in the line in Palestine, helping to push the Turk further away from Jerusalem. It's a tough job at times, but he has seen the last of the Holy City, except from his high observation posts in front of us. I expect he shall also lose these in time.

Jerusalem is rather disappointing for a Holy City; but, of course, this is due to the long term of Turkish rule, or perhaps "misrule" would be a happier word.

Anyhow the natives are highly pleased at the change over, though this does not deter them from charging us the most exhorbitant prices for their goods.

I wish the C.P.A. a prosperous and happy year during 1918. -- I am, yours very sincerely, W. JAMISON.

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Mr. Annesley Stewart, one of our newer members and a faithful adherent of the Junior Guild, has left the city to take up an important business appointment in Derry. We congratulate him on his promotion and wish him further success.

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A recent casualty list included the name of Lieut. R. D. Williams, 8th Batt. R.I.R., who is a valued member of the Association, and a brother of Mr. R. V. Williams, who has contributed in the past so acceptably to our literary programmes. We understand that Lieut. Williams was wounded by a sniper in the shoulder, and the wound is not dangerous. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery.

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Our obituary to date includes Mr. A. P. Craig, who was one of the prisoner members of the Association, and Mr. W. H. Boyce, of Lurgan, who in the sphere of mechanical engineering, is well-known in the linen trade. At the early age of 16 he gave evidence of his genius as an inventor by constructing a one-cylinder steam engine out of such material as was available in a scrap heap on his father's premises, and with which he drove his mother's sewing machine. Also Mr. John Wilkinson, who was a devoted member of our Church and much respected by its membership, and while not taking prominence in C.P.A. activities, was a loyal and devoted friend of the Association.

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We offer to the following members who have suffered bereavement our respectful condolences:-- Mr. R. C. Ferguson, M.A., on the death of his father-in-law, Rev. James Scott; 2nd Lieut. Ledlie, M.C., whose father, Dr. Ledlie, passed away recently; also Mr. A. S. Davidson, who mourns the loss of his father, Capt. Davidson; and Mr. P. Patterson, the efficient director of our Gymnasium, whose father died recently at a ripe old age.

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Members of the C.P.A. will share in the wide-spread regret at the death of Sir Alexander M'Dowell, G.B.E., who was such a distinguished ornament of our Church, and whose remarkable gifts were always at its service. His removal leaves a blank that will be hard to fill.

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Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Rev. Dr. Wilson of Malone, in the sad bereavement that has overtaken him in the death in France of his son, Rev. W. A. Wilson, M.A., of Coleraine, as a result of a motor accident. Few of our ministers are more highly esteemed than Dr. Wilson, and the tragic death of such a gifted son is a terrible blow. May the consolations of God be his portion in his great sorrow.

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CPA Magazine May 1918

General Notes.

The Church has lost one of her most valued servants through the death last month of Mr. Wm. Brown, who retired quite recently after a period of 36 years service as Secretary of one of the most Christlike of our Church's agencies, the Presbyterian Orphan Society. He was associated with the late Rev. Dr. Johnston in the conduct of the society in its early days, and maintained his interest in the orphan until the end. Highly esteemed amongst our membership, he always evinced a keen interest in the welfare of the Association. This is further evinced by his stipulating in his will that any books in his library not retained by his sons were to be given to the C.P.A. library. Our sympathy goes out to the sorrowing sons, three of whom are on active service.

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In addition to the foregoing, our obituary for the month also includes Mr. W. T. Browne, of Messrs. Hanna & Browne, Arthur Street, and Mr. William M'Causland, of "Cherryvale," Ravenhill Road, to whose sorrowing relatives we extend our deepest sympathy.

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During the past month our Roll of Honour has been considerably added to, amongst those who have joined up being Messrs. H. G. Larmour, D. M'Arter, H. Adair, and A. J. Gailey, who is a student for ministry -- all of whom are at present undergoing a course of training in the O.T.C. at Queen's. Mr. Jack Gailey has been accepted for service with the Royal Navy. Messrs. A. J. and Jack Gailey are sons of the Rev. J. Gailey, of Ballysillan. Would any who are aware of members joining up please leave particulars at the office, so that our Roll of Honour may be as complete as possible.

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A marriage was solemnised recently at Castleton Presbyterian Church between Mr. Robert M'Ilroy, one of our members, who is the eldest son of Mr. John M'Ilroy (late Millvale, Ballyclare,) and Miss Adelene Trimble, daughter of the late John and Mrs. Trimble, of Lisbellaw, Co. Fermanagh. We extend our heartiest good wishes for the future happiness and prosperity of the newly-wedded pair.

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The heavy fighting that is going on now in France is of anxious interest to our membership, as many of our Roll of Honour members are in the thick of it. We are, however, happy to state that, so far as we know, up to the present none have have been killed in action, though we note with regret that Second Lieut. James Mann, who is a son of Mr. B. Mann, of 34, South Parade, has had his left leg amputated below the knee, as a result of a severe gunshot wound. We wish this gallant member a speedy recovery.

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We further note that Second Lieut. Norman F. Irwin, son of Mr. Wm. Irwin, of Bangor, who was posted missing since 21st March, is now reported to be a prisoner of war. Let us hope that his term of incarceration will be brief.

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The sincere sympathy of our membership will go out to Mr. J. H. D. Miller, who has for so long been a stalwart of our Literary Society, in the death of his elder son, Lieut. Howard T. Miller, who was killed in action on 21st March. He was a promising boy, having a fine record behind him. His younger son, Laurence, who is a member of the Association, is also serving.

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We offer our condolences to the esteemed members of our Governing Body who have suffered bereavement during the past month. Mr. Robert Johnston's son, who held an important position in Northern Nigeria, died suddenly in that region; and Mr. Samuel Shaw, who is the able Convener of our Finance Committee, mourns the loss of his youngest son.

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A ceremony of interest to C.P.A. friends took place recently at Fintona Presbyterian Church, when a communion table, presented by Rev. Harry M'Master, the pastor of the church, in memory of his brother, Capt. Charles M'Master, M.C., who was killed in action last year, was dedicated by the Rev. D. D. Boyle, M.A.

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We also note that Rev. T. Haslett, M.A., and Mrs. Haslett have presented to First Ballymena Church an individual communion service, in memory of their eldest son, 2nd Lieut. T. S. Haslett, M.C., R.I.R., who is a brother of one of our members, Mr. J. R. Haslett, and a nephew of our President, Mr. John Sinclair. He was killed in action last autumn.

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News is to hand of the death in action of Lieut. James Cordner, M.C., who is a brother of the Rev. Joseph Cordner, B.D., of Drumbo. Those who were privileged to count Lieut. Cordner as one of their friends will miss a most lovable character, who had a charm of manner that was fascinating. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Rev. Joseph Cordner and the bereaved friends in their great sorrow.

 

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CPA Magazine June 1918

General Notes.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Mr. Robert Baillie, of "Ellerslie," Ravenhill Park, on the news that has come to hand that his son, Captain Hugh M. Baillie, of the Royal Irish Rifles, who was previously reported missing, is now announced to have killed in action.

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The latest additions to our Roll of Honour are Mr. Walter Crozier, who has joined the Mechanical Transport, and Mr. John Storey, who has enrolled in the O.T.C., with a view to a commission.

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The following letter from far away Mesopotamia should be of interest, as it indicates once again the gratitude of our boys abroad for the Xmas gifts sent from the Association, and tells us something of that strange land.

114th Mahrattas,
Mesopotamian Ex. Force,
24th Feb., 1918.

Dear Mr. Sinclair, -- I desire to thank you and the members of the C.P.A. for your present and for your kind thoughts and hopes for the future. Mesopotamia is such a far cry from home it is not surprising that the mail -- the one thing we look forward to most out here -- takes two, or maybe three, months to reach us; so although your present did not arrive in time for Christmas or the New Year, it nevertheless served a double purpose by arriving on my birthday, the 23rd of February, thus forming a birthday gift and Christmas present in one.

Mesopotamia, or Mesopot, as we call it out here, is truly a ghastly country, but judging from the ancient ruins and canals that now straggle the country, there is every evidence that the Mesopotamia of Bible times must have been a fruitful and fertile country, and was indeed a veritable Garden of Eden.

As the country now stands it is nothing but a wilderness, and a very hot one at that, especially about July and August, when the temperature reaches anything up to 130 degrees in the shade. The one redeeming feature is the river Tigris, which flows southwards to the Persian Gulf. The river makes life possible, and relieves to a certain degree the gerrey monotony of the desert.

Where the rivers Tigris and Euphrates join there stands a little Arab village called Kurna. This was the site of the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve first started life, and they now point out to you when you pass through, one solitary tree, devoid of all vegetation, as being the Tree -- the Tree of Good and Evil. Out Euphrates way Ur of the Chaldees still stands, and not far from Baghdad can be seen the ruins of Babylon, still in a fair state of preservation.

The Turk has made himself pretty scarce lately, so talk at present more or less centres on the coming leave back to India, commencing in April. My name, however, does not figure in the list this year. Of course we get leave down to Baghdad now and again, but that is a pretty poor substitute for leave to India. I am afraid there will be no Blighty leave for the Mesopot army until the happy days of peace are with us once more.

I remain, dear Mr. Sinclair.
     Yours sincerely,
          MAURICE HENRY.

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A marriage took place on the 30th April at Cooke Centenary Church, the contracting parties being Lieut. James Marshall, 18th R.I.R., son of Mr. James Marshall, of Ardenlee House, Ravenhill Road, and Miss Edith Richardson Mackey, only daughter of Mr. Wm. Mackey, of Belfast. The nuptial knot was tied by Rev. Dr. John Macmillan, M.A. Congratulations and many happy days to the young pair?

 

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CPA Magazine July 1918

General Notes.

"Knowing ourselves, our world, our task so great,
Our time so brief, 'tis clear if we refuse
The means so limited, the tools so rude
To execute our purpose, life will fleet,
And we shall fade, and leave our task undone."

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Our warm congratulations to Capt. the Rev. J. H. Hamilton, B.A., and Lieut. R. D. Williams, also Lieut. J. Curley, on the recent honour conferred on them in the award of the Military Cross.

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We were pleased to have a visit from Gunners Hugh Craig and T. L. Watson while on their overseas leave. They have now left for service abroad, and carry with them our good wishes and hopes for a safe return.

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Our deepest sympathy is extended to Alderman Tyrell, J.P., on the death in action of two of his gallant sons, Captains Walter Tyrrell R.A.F., M.C., and J. Marcus Tyrrell, R.A.F. The first named had but recently been promoted and awarded the Military Cross, and it is pathetic that his friends should have been plunged so suddenly from rejoicing into mourning by such a sad double bereavement.

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We were favoured recently with a visit from Lieut. Andrew Brand, who has spent two and a half years with the forces in German East Africa. He has many interesting experiences to relate, and one was reminded of the flight of time with the changes it brings when he inquired for Mr. Ireland, the Secretary.

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We extend to Mr. Robert Brown, of Donaghmore, our sincere sympathy with him in the death of his son, Alan D., which took place on June 7th.

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Our deepest sympathy is tendered to Mr. Jas. Marshall, of Ardenlee House, in the death of one of his three splendid soldier sons, all of whom are members of the Association. Sergt. David Marshall, who has been missing since 24th March, is now reported to have died a prisoner of war, on his way to Wittenberg, on April 28.

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In a "Mentioned in Despatches" list, published recently, for meritorious service, we were pleased to observe the name of Col. Thomas Sinclair, C.B., M.D., F.R.C.S., who is one of our Vice-Presidents, and a brother of our worthy President.

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Capt. W. S. Murphy, of College Park Ave., who was in peace time connected with our Swimming Club, has received an immediate award of the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action, for which we offer our congratulations. He was reported missing, but writes home to say he is a prisoner of war in Karlsruhe.

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Our Noble Dead.

"We thank the Lord that he
     Rose to such height of chivalry; That, with the need, his loyal soul,      Swung like a needle to its pole; That, setting duty first, he went      At once, as to a Sacrament."

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Sergeant David Marshall SERGEANT DAVID MARSHALL,
Royal Irish Rifles.

This gallant sergeant, who was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Marshall, Ardenlee, Ravenhill Road, Belfast, died on the 28th April, in the hands of the Germans, whilst on his way to the Wittenburg Internment Camp. There are no particulars to hand as to the cause of his death, but enquiries are being made through the medium of the British Red Cross. Sergt. Marshall was with a famous Ulster Division fighting battalion since it was formed in 1914, and had been through all the historic battles since his unit first crossed to French soil.

A week after the receipt by his parents of the official notification of his death from the Infantry Record Office, a postcard, dated 20/4/18 (German official) came to hand from Wittenberg, written in his own clear, bold handwriting, stating that he was in captivity. In civil life the late member was attached to Cooke Centenary Church, of which his respected father is an esteemed member, and was closely identified with many of its activities. Prior to donning the khaki Sergeant Marshall was in the service of Messrs. John M'Lean & Sons, Engineers, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, and the high opinion as to his worth and character held by his employers and fellow-workers alike may be indeed by the following letter and resolution received, amongst a large number from all sources by Mr. Marshall a few days ago:--

"Dear Mr. Marshall, -- I enclose herewith a letter in which our employees desire to express their sympathy with you Mrs. Marshall, and the other members of your family in the deep sorrow through which you now pass. This was passed as a resolution by all our men and boys. I also wish personally to say how deeply I feel the death of David, as he was always to me a most lovable boy, and I feel thankful that I had an opportunity of having a chat with him on his last leave visit . . .

     Yours very sincerely,
          WM. M'LEAN.

"We, the employees of Messrs. John M'Lean & Sons, Northern Engineering Works, in meeting assembled, wish to wish to express and place on record our deep sympathy with Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall, so sorely bereaved by the death of their son, our valiant comrade, Sergeant David Marshall, who died a Prisoner of War, April 28, 1918, on his way to Wittenberg. The high esteem in which he was held by us, alike for his sterling character and kindliness of heart, together with his marked ability as a workman, make our loss most keenly felt. However, while we sorrow, we cannot but feel proud that he responded so readily to the call of our King in the hour of our country's need, and we pray that the protecting care of God may surround his brothers, Captain Alexander and Lieutenant Jas. Marshall, and that the gracious benediction of our Heavenly Father may rest upon the family circle."

To the bereaved parents and sisters and brothers (two of whom hold commissioned ranks Capt. and Adj. Alex. Marshall, M.G.C., and Lt. Jas. Marshall, R.I.R.) we extend our tenderest sympathy.

All the members of this family have been members of the C.P.A. for several years.

 

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CPA Magazine August 1918

General Notes.

Hearty congratulations to Second Lieutenant James Mann on his being awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field during the heavy fighting in March last, when he was severely wounded, his injuries necessitating the amputation of his left leg. He was decorated recently by His Majesty the King at Buckingham Palace.

Also to Second Lieutenant H. G. Morrow on receiving the same award, alike for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.

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We tender to Messrs. John and T. M. Allen our condolences on the death of their respected father, which took place recently, somewhat suddenly; also to Mr. T. English, who lost a little daughter; and Mr. J. King, whose daughter passed away on a recent date.

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Congratulations to Mr. John A. M'MAster, who was united in the holy bonds of matrimony on 10th July, at May Street Church, to Miss Mary Jennings, of Antrim. Rev. Dr. Lowe was the officiating clergyman.

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Order of the British Empire.

SIR WALTER KINNEAR, C.B.E.

Amongst the recent list of appointments we were pleased to observe the name of Mr. Walter Samuel Kinnear, a native of Ulster and known in Belfast as Deputy-Chairman of the National Health Insurance Commission (Ireland).

Mr. Kinnear has been created a Knight Commander of the Order, and we extend to him our very heartiest congratulations.

Amongst Insurance people (not only in Belfast but in Great Britain) the appointment is a popular one. Sir Walter has a wide knowledge of Insurance, and is held in high esteem by all who know him. During the war he is acting as assistant to Sir Robert Morant, Chairman of the English Commission. He was a member of the the Treasury Committee on Finance and Administration of Approved Societies, and has taken a prominent part in connection with the passage of the recent Amending Insurance Act. He acts as London Chairman of the Navy and Army Insurance Fund, which administers the benefits of discharged invalided sailors and soldiers.

Sir Walter is a loyal Presbyterian, and has always been closely identified with the Presbyterian Church. He is an elder of Rutland Square Church, Dublin (Rev. Dr. Osborne's). In MAy last he attended the Synod of the English Presbyterian Church as Deputy from the Presbyterian Church i Ireland. A sister of Sir Walter is married to the Rev. Foster M'Clelland, M.A. (Carlingford), while anther brother-in-law is the Rev. J. Millar Craig, B.A. (formerly of Sandymount, Dublin, now of Sunderland). Lady Kinnear is a daughter of Dr. W. Young Orr, Clerk of Session, Presbyterian Church, Putney, S.W.

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Our Noble Dead.

Alfred Harper Kinkead Remember what he was, with thankful heart,
     The bright, the brave, the tender and the true;
Remember where he is -- from sin apart,
     Present with God -- yet not estranged from you.
But never doubt that love, and love alone,
     Removed thy loved one from this trial scene,
Nor idly dream, since he to God has gone,
     Of what had he been left, he might have been.

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Rifleman ALFRED HARPER KINKEAD
Royal Irish Rifles.

This gallant lad, who was only 20 years of age, and the youngest son of the late Andrew and Mrs. Kinkead, of Claremont, Wheatfield Gardens, Ballysillan, is now announced as having been killed in action on 28th March, 1918.

He was reported as missing from his unit since 25th March, but news has now been received from Berlin, through the Swiss Red Cross Society, of his death in action as stated above.

Rifleman Kinkead joined up in the early stages of the war, and has been through many of the bloody battles fought since. He was invalided home in 1916 with trench fever, and in 1917 volunteered again for active service, leaving for France shortly after the death of his father in April, 1917.

In civil life he was in business with his late father, and latterly with his brother, Mr. G. W. Kinkead, who is a devoted member of our Association. He was a respected member of Ballysillan Presbyterian Church, where the family is held in high regard.

To his bereaved widowed mother and brothers we tender our deepest and heartfelt sympathy, and pray that Almighty God will comfort them in their sore trial.

 

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CPA Magazine October 1918

General Notes.

The lamented death of Mr. Samuel M'Murray, B.A., bereaves Rev. Wm. B. M'Murray, M.A., his son, and Mr. John Green, C.A., our Hon. Auditor, who is his son-in-law. We tender to both our deepest sympathy.

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Congratulations and good wishes to Mr. William Moorehead, an esteemed member of our Governing Body, and his bride, Miss Martha Cruicks, daughter of Mr. H. C. Cruicks, of "Oberon," Ormeau Road. The marriage was solemnized in May St. Church, on 5th September, Rev. A. Wylie Blue being the officiating clergyman.

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We note in a recent casualty list the name of 2nd Lieut. T. B. Stephenson, M.C., who is one of our Roll of Honour members, and a son of Mr. W. R. Stephenson. We hope his recovery will be a speedy one.

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In a recent "Mentioned in Despatches" list we note the name of Mr. J. W. C. Coulter, of the Army Pay Department, to whom we extend congratulations. He is a son of Rev. D. S. K. Coulter, B.A., of Gilnahirk.

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Our congratulations to Mr. T. E. Morton, who has joined the Benedicts. Mr. Morton was united in marriage to Miss Agnes M'Clure on 12th August, in Castleton Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. A. P. Black, B.A.

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Col. Thomas Sinclair, C.B., M.D., F.R.C.S., the eminent Belfast surgeon, who is a Vice-President of our Association, and a brother of our esteemed President, and who has been doing splendid service with the troops at the front since November, 1915, has relinquished his commission. He was one of the principal surgeons, and was extremely popular with those he came in contact with. His Majesty recently conferred the C.B. on Colonel Sinclair, and he has also had the honour of being mentioned in despatches. He has been granted the hon. rank of colonel on his retirement.

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OUR FALLEN HEROES.

"With armour buckled on, the flag unfurled,
     The heights of death they trod --
Translated from the warfare of the world
     Into the peace of God."

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ALEXANDER BLAIR, N.I.H.,
Attached Cyclist Corps.

It is with deep regret we have to record the death in action of above gallant lad. He was the son of Mr. Alex. Blair, of Stranmillis, and one of a family much respected in our Association, his father and brothers all being members. Another brother, serving with the New Zealanders, was wounded last year. On the Friday previous to receiving his wound he found time to write a short letter home, saying his squadron was then engaged, and had been for a whole week, patrolling in front of the British infantry, and one could gather from the letter that he regarded the task as one of exceptional danger. His cousin was on the spot when he received his wound, and the following letter from his officer gives some of the details:--

(About 7th Sept., 1989.

Dear Mr. Blair. -- I want to write a few lines to sympathise with you in your great loss, and also to give you particulars of your son's death. He was out on patrol on the morning of 2nd September, when he was severely wounded in the leg by a shell, in fact his right leg was blown off. We got him attended to almost immediately, and I was with him all the time he was being dressed until he was sent down the line. He was conscious all the time, and was without a doubt the bravest man I've ever known. I was talking to him all the time he was being dressed, and when we said good-bye to him before he went down the line the doctor and every one present said he was extraordinary brave.

I was very sorry to hear later that he had died on his way to hospital, as I thought he would pull through all right. I expect the shock to the system was too great.

Please accept my deepest sympathy in your great loss, but at any rate there is one consolation in knowing what a very brave boy your son was.

If there is anything further I can do for you, I should be only too pleased if you would let me know.

Yours very sincerely,

(Signed) D. O'N. HODSON, Lt. N.I. Horse.

Rev. Dr. Irwin paid a tribute to his worth in Windsor Church, on Sabbath, 8th September.

To the bereaved, sisters, and brothers , we extend our tenderest sympathy, and commit them to the tender love of their Heavenly Father.

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Private W. WALLACE HUEY,
Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

We regret to have to announce the death by shell fire, on the Italian front, on the 3rd August, of the above brave lad, who is a son of Mrs. Huey, of Carncullagh. In business life he was in the employment of Messrs. F. Kirkpatrick & Co., of Oxford Street, as a traveller, and was highly respected by his employers, who deeply regret his loss. When in Italy he was one of twenty picked out of his battalion to give a display of physical and bayonet exercises before His Majesty the King of Italy. At the service in Dervock Presbyterian Church on August 18 a touching reference was made to his death by Rev. W. N. Maxwell.

He was a devoted member of the Association, being an enthusiast of the Gymnasium, and evincing a keen interest in physical culture and athletics.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the mother, brother, and sisters in their sad bereavement.

 

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CPA Magazine November 1918

General Notes.

We tender to 2nd Lieut. T. B. Stephenson, M.C., our hearty congratulations on his well deserved promotion [-- ? --] many further honours are in store for him in the future.

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Amongst those of our number bereaved during the past month are Rev. D. Palmer, B.A., of Cloughey, who mourns the loss of his mother. Also Mr. C. Kain, an associate, whose father recently passed away. We offer to each our respectful sympathy.

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Our best wishes to Mr. Alec. H. Davison, who has started business for himself at 79, Royal Avenue, as a rent agent, etc. We will follow his new venture with much interest.

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Our congratulations to Mr. Walter S. Ritchie, who was married to Miss Marjorie Beggs, of Dunmurry, in Groomsport Parish Church, on September 10, by Rev. Thos. M'Creight, B.A.

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The disaster to the R.M.S. Leinster on Oct. 10 has bereaved one of our members in Mr. Robt. M'Kenna, whose nephew, Regimental Quartermaster-Sergt. S. W. M'Kenna, of the 25th Batt. N.F., and his wife were both lost. So far only one of the bodies has been recovered, that of the husband. The sadness of this loss is accentuated by the fact that the marriage took place so recently as October 2. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. M'Kenna, who had a visit from the newly-married pair on October 8th.

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In a recent honours list we note that Capt. Robert Watts, M.C., of the A.S.C., has been awarded a bar to the Military Cross. He is attached to the R.I. Rifles, and was awarded the M.C. in the new year honours of 1917 in recognition of his distinguished services in the field with the A.S.C.

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Our obituary for the month includes Mr. Robert Russell, of 22, Seacliffe Road, Bangor, who passed away somewhat suddenly at his home on October 16. He was a son of the late Rev. Dr. Russell, and was the possessor of a kindly and sympathetic disposition. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his widow in her bereavement.

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Our Roll of Honour has been augmented considerably of late, amongst those joining up being Messrs. T. Quigg, R. Robinson, Hillis Sinclair, E. Gourley, R. Henderson, T. C. Johnston, and T. M'H. Neill. There must be many more of whom we have not heard, and the General Secretary would be glad for information of any whose names have not been mentioned in the magazine as having enlisted. It will be very necessary to have this information if none are to be overlooked at Christmas.

 

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CPA Magazine December 1918

PEACE WITH VICTORY.

It is the Lord's doing; and it is marvellous in our eyes. Surely no words are better fitted to express our feelings of thanksgiving for the end of the horrible nightmare of four and a half years. So rapid beyond hope or dream has been our victory that we stand in amazement.

The news of November 11 seemed almost incredible, too good to be true. Of us it could be said, "they believed not for joy." But as we realise the glorious truth that the end has come, let us remember those to whom the joy bells bring the memory of the sacrifice whereby the triumph has been purchased. Our hearts, our prayers, our undying gratitude are with them. They with us can look up and ay, "Peace at last! Thanks be unto God."

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The prevailing epidemic of influenza and pneumonia has been working havoc in the Association, the Junior Guild having lost three of its members during the past month. John Allen was a tower of strength to the Guild, a sad feature of his demise being the fact that he is predeceased by his father by only a few months. Jim Johnston and Harry Irwin were also devoted members of the Guild, and the death of these three members have made a deep impression on all. We tender to the sorrowing relatives our heartfelt sympathy.

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In addition to the foregoing we have to record with sorrow the death of Messrs. Jas. Ritchie, J. W> Smyth, and W. J. Hayes, all members of the Association. To the bereaved relatives we offer our sincere condolences.

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The Junior Guild has sustained a loss which is much felt in the removal of Mr. George Owens, who has migrated to Londonderry, consequent on receiving an important business appointment there. We will follow his future with interest, and wish him much success.

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Congratulations to Alderman Charles Irvine on his being called to the Magisterial Bench. We are glad to note this well-deserved recognition.

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We offer our tenderest sympathy to the following who have suffered bereavement -- Mr. D. Morrison, on the death of his sister; Mr. A. Deans, who mourns the loss of a faithful mother; Mr. D. S. K. Shaw, whose wife recently passed away; Mr. Wm. M'Dowell, who has lost a devoted mother; and Mr. W. T. Currey, whose son died suddenly last month.

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The death of Mrs. Brown, of Donaghmore, bereaves Mr. Robert Brown of a cultured wife, and Sir Wm. Crawford of a much loved daughter. Rev. Samuel Thompson also mourns the loss of a devoted wife, who passed away recently; and to all these friends we offer our loving sympathy.

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Our congratulations and good wishes to Mr. W. J. M'Ilroy, who is an ardent member of the Association, and a faithful adherent of the Sabbath Morning Bible Class, on his marriage to Miss Priscilla Beaver, of Shanmoy, Dungannon. The happy event took place in in Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church on October 23, with the Rev. J. H. Morton, B.A., as the officiating clergyman.

 

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