Mr. G. Upton’s son dangerously wounded in war


THE sad news was conveyed to Mr. G Upton last week that his son Gunner H. G. Upton had been dangerously wounded and that he is at present at the 13th General Hospital Bolongue in France.


OWING to pressure on our space we are compelled to hold over Police Court news, meeting of Parents of State School Scholars re Flower Day and other matter till our next issue.


A SERIES of Snowball teas have been inaugurated by the Frankston Red Cross Society, which it is hoped will be of material benefit to the funds of society.


THE hon treasurer of the Frankston and District Roll of Honor Fund, gratefully acknowledges receipt of the following donations:– Mrs B. M. Garrood, £1. 1s; Mr J. Gabriel, 5s.


REV E Tonkin will conduct both services in the local Methodist Church on Sunday next. Special services in the evening, “Intercession for Empire, Allies and Defenders”. Address by Mr Blok who is in charge of Y.M.C.A. work at Langwarrin Military Camp.


THE Wattle Club will hold a dance tonight (Saturday.) Music will be provided by Brierley’s orchestra and this, with good company, fast floor and excellent supper should be sufficient for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.


IN our advertising columns will be found an advertisement regarding the Moorabbin Annual Spring Show which takes place at Cheltenham on 17th November. The comimittee have allotted over £150 for prize money entries close 7th November, schedules and entry forms may be obtained on application to the Secretary, Show Office, Cheltenham.


NEWS has been received by Cr W. P. Mason that his nephew, Signaller Reg. S. Mason 29th Battery, 8th Field Artillery Brigade, died on 27th September last, through a gassed shell.

Signaller Mason spent many visits at Frankston prior to leaving for the front, where on account of his sunny and genial disposition he made many friends.

He was the son of Mr Alfred E. Mason, of the “Free Press” Corowa, and was on the staff of that journal prior to enlisting.


OVER 200 soldiers were entertained on Saturday afternoon, October 6th, by the Australian Club. The Hall was beautifully decorated in the Club’s colors (blue and gold.) Allietti’s band supplied the music and Miss Gladys Verney sang two songs, which received great applause.

Pte. Cross favored his mates with The East and West of London, after which dancing was indulged in until time to return to hospital.

A dance was held in the evening and proved a great success.

We hear the Club will benefit by £8 18s on the night’s enjoyment.


THE fortnightly Red Cross Social held at Tyabb last Saturday evening proved very successful.

Quite a crowd turned up and everything went off merrily. There was a good programme intermixed with dancing.

The old scholars club came forward and “did their bit” with others and thus one of the most enjoyable evenings yet held resulted.

During the evening two presentations were made to Pte Frank O’Neill, a money belt from the farewell committee and a soldiers wallet from the ‘old scholars’ club’ both suitably inscribed.

The programme was as follows: National Anthem, Overture, Miss Violet Cole; chorus, “Here’s to the day” old scholars club, song, W. Geo. Slocombe, chorus. “The song the Kettle is singing” Club; song, Mrs Woodhouse; song, Miss Freda Denham; recitation, Mr Ben King; Messrs Gibson and Chalwell provided music for the dance.

A progressive euchre tournament will be held on Saturday.


TO Our Subscribers. OWING to the abnormal rise in the price of Paper since the War we are compelled to raise the price of the STANDARD on and after 4th August, 1917, the price for single copy will be 3d ; per quarter 3s.


FRENCH SOLDIERS AT FRANKSTON. The Wattle Club was again put to the test on Tuesday last and proved itself quite equal to the occasion.

At midday on Monday the secretary was notified that 300 French soldiers were being brought to Frankston and it was desired that they should be provided with luncheon and afternoon tea.

Small difficulties presented themselves but were speedily overcome.

Thanks to a hearty and splendid band of patriotic women and those who so thoughtfully and generously provided their very best, the immense work entailed was made comparatively easy.

The smooth and good natured way these entertainments are carried out, reflects great credit on the women of Frankston,

The Hall being engaged, Mr Bradbury was approached and he kindly obliged the committee by allowing them to take over The Fernery for the day.

This proved an ideal spot for the entertainment, which besides its innumerable beauties, allowed space for the whole body of men to be seated at one time.

It was a unique and picturesque spectacle and one that will not be soon forgotten, when the 300 stalwart soldiers found their places at the tables on which was provided a feast which was evidently enjoyed by all.

Madam Cravilli welcomed the party on behalf of the Wattle Club. One of the soldiers who could speak English, thanked all who had shown them such kindness.

The Langwarrin Band, through the courtesy of Major Conder, was in attendance, and played excellent music during the afternoon.

While afternoon tea was in progress several items were contributed which were listened to with apparent enjoyment.

The songs contributed by Mrs Mann, Master Malcolm and five or six little girls were much appreciated. Mrs W P. Mason ably played the accompaniments.

Madam Creevilli has presented the Club with several very fine French photos.

The secretary acknowledges a donation of £3 3s from Mr C. Robison. Mr J Millard, who provided horses and lorrys for carting to and from the Fernery on Tuesday last, has presented his account of £1 receipted as a donation to the Club.


ATTENTION is drawn to the fact that on and after Oct 15th there will be only two mails per day leaving Frankston, the midday mail being cut out. Mails will close at Frankston Post Office at. 8.55am and 7.40pm.


MUNICIPAL Notice: Shire of Frankston and Hastings.

APPLICATIONS are invited for the position of Caretaker of the Bay Street gardens, and also the Frankston Park, either separately or combined.

Returnable at 12 noon on Wednesday 17th October to Cr W. P. Mason, Bay St Frankston.

Specification of duties at Mr Shannon’s Corner Store.

JOHN E. JONES, Shire Secretary.


DEATH. LITTLEJOHN – Killed in action 22nd Sept, Sapper R. J. (Bob) beloved son of David and Elizabeth and loving brother of Mrs Meyers, Mrs Beddington, Alick, Mrs Purdy, Mrs Kneale, Amy and Ruby (aged 26 years). Died as he lived—A man.

LITTLEJOHN.– Killed in action 22nd Sept, Robert James (Bob) beloved husband of Elsie and loving father of Dorie, Elsie and little Bobbie.

How we pictured his safe returning.

Inserted by his loving sister, Mrs Purdy, Frankston.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 13 October 1917

As published in the Frankston Times – 9 October 2017

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