Thomas Haldane DUNN
- Born: 21 Mar 1897, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
THE CASTLEMAINE MAIL
Friday, May 23, 1919
CASTLEMAINE DISTRICT SOLDIERS
THREE SOLDIERS RETURN, AN ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME.
Lieut. T.H. Dunn and Private A.E. Tatt and C.W. Lee, returned to Castlemaine by the express train last night, and were accorded an enthusiastic welcome by a large crowd of citizens who had assembled to meet them. Lieut. Dunn, who was attacked to the 38th Battalion, enlisted in July 1915, and took part in the fighting in France, where he was wounded. Private Tatt, of the 23rd Battalion, enlisted in March, 1916, and Private Lee, of the 22nd Battalion, joined the colors in July, 1917. They both had much experience at the front, but fortunately escaped injury. Pte. Tatt is one of a family from which five sons left Australia to fight. One brother paid the supreme sacrifice, one returned some time ago, and two others are still away.
The soldiers were met on the station by the Mayor (Cr. Freeman), Col. Field, Lieut. Cameron (president of the R.S.A.), and others, and were greeted with cheers when they appeared outside the station building. The Foundry Band was, as usual, in attendance, and took a prominent part in the proceedings, Home Sweet Home being played as the soldiers approached.
The Mayor welcomed the soldiers on behalf of the citizens, and referred particularly to Lieut. Dunn, who he said was one of the boys who were in the military forces before war broke out. He was one of the men whom they most expected to go, because they had already received military training and were fitted for the work, but, unfortunately, there were a good many who were in the same position who did not go. They honored Lieut. Dunn, because he recognized his duty to go and fight, and responded to the Empire's call. He had received promotion in recognition of his service in the field, and in future whatever honor might be conferred upon him he would be known to them as Lieut. Dunn. He also congratulated the other boys on having responded so nobly when their country called, and thanked them for the service they had rendered to the Empire. They had proved their manhood, and had come back greater, stronger, and better men than they were before they left.
C. Cornish endorsed the remarks of the Mayor, and said that although the returned soldiers were apparently mere boys, they had proved their manhood, and had stood wherever it was necessary for them to stand. They had gone to fight because they considered it necessary for them to go, and did not consider whether it meant to them life of death. They were entitled therefore to all the honor that could be bestowed upon them.
Lieut. Dunn, on rising to respond, was lustily cheered. He thanked the citizens for the cordial welcome he had received, and also thanked the ladies of the Red Cross societies, and scholars of the State schools, for parcels which he and others had received. Being away from the luxuries they would get at home, the comforts, he said, were all the more appreciated by the boys.
Private Lee and Tatt also briefly responded, and then proceedings terminated with cheers for the parents of the soldiers.
The returned soldiers and their relatives were subsequently driven to their homes in motor cars provided by Mr H. Harrison.