Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

BACKWARD GLANCES; WITH CHRIS NIELDExtracts from the Daily Examiner 50 Years Ago Today

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

BACKWARD GLANCES; WITH CHRIS NIELDExtracts from the Daily Examiner 50 Years Ago Today

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BIRTHS.

ESSEX. a To Valerie and Trevor, a son, L.C.H., 29/10/62. Both well.

THE death has occurred of Mr. James Rae Hanna, from injuries received in World War One. He had served with the 33rd Battalion, A.I.F., in World War One, as a Sergeant. Early in the war, he and about 13 of his men were in a pill-box in France, when a mustard gas shell entered a 15- inch aperture, killing most of those inside. Sgt. Hanna managed to escape, but on hearing cries for help, re-entered the pill-box. Owing to the dust and debris, he was unable to locate his friend without pulling off the old-type gas mask. He carried his mate out of the pill-box, where an Army Ambulance carried them both to military hospital. The friend died on the journey and Sgt. Hanna was totally blind for nine months. His children attended the Maclean District Rural School, and the Grafton Domestic Science School.

ONE of the largest jacarandas in this area is situated on the road to the old wharf at Copmanhurst along a stretch of almost two miles of what would be perhaps the most picturesque setting along the banks of the Clarence River. …

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