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[By W. A. GLEAVE.]
Return of Volunteers and Yeomanry.—Luncheon at the Winchester Guildhall.—Island Welcome.—Free ithampton__Jubilant Scenes.
The return of the First Hampshire Volunteer -Active Service Company, from the war was th» occasion of much rejoicing, not only in Southampton, but throughout the various town* and villages from whence, _ sixteen months before, the Volunteers had proudly proceeded to the Front. They arrived home in the middle ,of Al*y, 1901, having made the journey in the "Lake Erie," and proceeded to Winchester to obtain their discharge. The Company, which numbered 95, was quartered in the barrack buildings for the night, and 011 the following day (Saturday) attended a thanksgiving service at Winchester Cathedral. The Dean gave a capital address to the Volunteers, in the course of which lie pointed out two interesting facts, viz., that in that sanctuary Milliard of tlje Lion Heart offered up thanks to God after his ivturn from the Crusade, mod there also King Edward L, with Queen Eleanor, offered prayers on setting out for the Crusades. The service was at-tended by the members cJ the Winchester Corporation in full panoply, and a large con-giegation of the general public.
Litter the Volunteers were entertained ,to lunch at the (iuildhall. where the toast of "Our Guests" was proposed by the EaiJ of North brook, who dwelt with gratification on the circumstance that in the lloer campaign a force of Something like 40.000 Volunteers -Yeomanry and Infantry—from Britain and Britain beyond the seas, had stoul shoulder to shoulder with the regiments of the line. The effect of this, he pointed out, had been to unite the Empire into one solid phalanx. He-fairing to the part Hampshire Volunteers had played in the war, his Lordship remarked that no less than 700 members of the Auxiliary Forces had rendered good service in South Africa. The toast was, needless to say, received with gieat heartiness.
jCa])y^eaward. ill his reply on behalf of his ,
shell, by remarking that they had accomplished j plenty of useful work, had gallantly endured j many hardships without grumhling, and gained a k-ood word from every n*h ' r undei whom tllf V !wd sened.
At Bournemouth, Lvmington, Newport, Co***. Kingwtod, and other places the return-i=K Voluntwns were naturally made much of. At Lymington Lieut Godfrey Heseltine, of the Imperial Yeomanry, had a particularly hearty welcome. As he wa* about to drive from the station with hit friends for Walhampton I'ark, the seat of the lleseltine family, the employes and others from the estate unharnessed llie horse and drew the carriage to the house, where congiAtulatory speeches were
Cowcs was gaily decorated in honour of the return of its own contingent, and in an address (if welcome Mr. S. Lee, the chairman of the Council, remarked: "We trust that you will find in the future that Cowes can uevor forgot thd debt of gratitude that alie and t)ie country >nve to the gallant Volunteers." The return-ing heroes, escorted by the Cowes Company, were then driven through the principal street* of the town, being heartily cheered en route, I with in the streets and by a large number of residents who viewed the animated seme from open windows along the line of rente. At other towns in the Island similar enthusiastic scone* were witnessed in honour of the return of the active service section of "Princess Boa trice's
A few days later the Southampton Volunteers, in accordance with a Town Council resolution, had the Freedom of the lkuough conferred uj»on them in the Council (liambw. Tile first to sign tlie rule was Capt. .Julian P«MemU-rs of the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance C« rps: Messrs. A. W. .Collings, II. T. Collis. E. W. Corbet*. E. J. Chillingford, A. thrill, II,. Jy Day, E. J. Eburne, ,\. II.
A I'll (I'M I'll Al. MAP.rH 1 11 SOITIlAMPfON
Die s uithampton . ntingeiit liosite ir.i elttd in triumph tl,rough the tc 1. Drill Hall. wi,c,« Col. E.
l'«:kin.s sd liwseil them, expressing tiie pi In felt it 'hearing Mlt h K'-'-d aco-ii 'ts of th

Gilbert, F Home, E. II.
Montgomery, A. It. Marsh, A II. Martin, I.
Men-ill, C II Swaunell, C. M. Smith, G. IVelton, and C. M. Welch
A i live S, rvice contingent of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Hampshire Regiment: M«wrs. F -I. A Payne. J. J. Cliapman, W H. Baitlett. K. F. Corbet 1. F.'Cave, A Harris, J. K. H, ward. E. Jolly, E.-O. King. H. E Lewis, A. J. Lawrence, A Moody, T. F. Noyce, It. 11. Macdonald, S. Perry, A. Head. E. II. Biw-s. K L. Spa man. I. Sheen. A. C Starr, \Y. W. Smith, W. Wallis, F Waterman, and.
Th scroll presented t«. eadi Freeman *sa hand» :mel* illuminated. It l*»re the arms of ' th - lio.oiigh, and nnsdel the fact that the Freedom liadl»een Iwtowed "in re.oguition of eminent and distinguished service in South Africa." At the sulmequelit Iniioho-li on the It ah I Pier Bigodier-Gelleral the Ho i. now S:i H. ' i I. 1 richton per formal the phani
able task of pioposing succes* to the new Freemen. The Volunteers had, he said, Umroughly justilkd all-the good things tliat had been said of tliem, and conclusively shown that the country could relv u|wm them in times, of trouble. The toast, which was received with musical honoui*, was acknowledged by Dr. I winder, ("apt. .lulian Perkins, and Coipl. Payne, who said he was gbwl to have been one of those who repnvented Southampton at the Front. He and all his comrades deeply appreciated the honour which had been paid
INSFIUXCK AGAINST WAH BISKS. It is interesting to recall that when the Active Service Company left Southampton a sum of money was subscribed to be invested for the personal comfort of mem hers of tlie (V»rps. Tile whole of the money was not required for tlie purpose, and an ordinary life vpolicy for £100 was taken out for uvwy man. The policies were handed over to the \ ohm leers on their return, together witli a handsome silver tobacco box.
S*« vera I of the Volunteers brought home witli them nicely printed cord* which had been pre sei.Uxl to them by the Mayor of Ckpe Town. The caid Us-e a central illustration of Table Hay, ftitriounded by the names of the ungate-immts whioli had lw*nme historic during tlie war It was incriju-d: "To the officers, won-wsmniNWomd ofli. ors, and men of bis Maj<*ty s Volunteer Forces," and ran as follows:—
"Capo Town joins with the Empire in feelings of heartfelt thanks* for tile signal services which her Majesty's citizen soldiers have x iwh red in upholding Imperial authority in South Africa. The Empire is justly proud of the gallant conduct 0/ the Volunteer Forres during the ««igagemenu throughout the campaign, and Cape Town cjUKratulaU-e 11»«» Volunteers upon the con-summation of a .campaign which baa 1 culled in the consolidation of tlie Empire, und whicli ha* cemented the tn-s of affection between the Colonies ami the Mother Country. The ciUzens of Cape Town wish you a pioftpetou* voyage and a happy home <0111 ing. where our heait« will join iu the ivjoicing welcomes that await yo&"
Ami A«S(H-iated with the return ol the troop ship Idaho. One of the »oldiors oii l»oard. had bioiiL'ht. all tin way from Africa a gorg««»usly Coloured pat rot. which was so alurimxl by the iilt « r* «if- the ass* nibly on the ,|uay#i«|e that it teed I ied from its owner as he tt<<*l on the ih k. and Hew , reuuing to a fi.iK|»«»-t >• v.r the Am«rics'< I. *lwd. Ds Hi*rht and. ciiattering' t. e»|M cially when, a
few minutes, later, the bird rose high in the air slid made tra- ks 'sUaiglit out to sea.
"Its off I wick again" shouted soencone on iHaid, "1 o tell \ in it luw hail first perch in Kiigland."
E«)ually enthusaastio and m*moral4e wore the scenes whicli attended tlie return of the Hamp-eliire Yeomanry. They made the homewaed trip in the "Mongolia," special int«*rest being taken in the arrival of the ship at Southamp»
ti'ii by reason of the fact tliat amongst those on bixnnl were Cspt. John Seeley, MP, and the men of the Isle of Wight Company Cap! Seeley, on reaching the quay, luul to run the gauntlet between lines of excited spectators, . who shook the gallant offioar by the liandm, | pstteIt may be (hmiiUxI out tliat Hampshire luwl two Companies of Yeomaniy se# ving at the Front. Pile Island contingent was officially classed as representing Hampshire, whilst' the other Company, known aa the 50th Company, was drawn from all part* nf tlie county | and whilst in South Africa formed part of the KhiMletiiaii Field Force of Sir Fn*lk. Carring-toil, |urticipating hi Sir Fmlerick's successful attempt to check tlie letreat of tlie Uoers into ' that territory. Tlie time spent in lUiodesia was verj- tedious, and the men wer»i kept constantly on the nuvixli Apart from soldiering, they had many sdventures. One night, for instance, the camp was alarmed by a feaiful noise, and in-instigation sliowe«l that it waa csueed by a lion carryiijg off one of Uie horses.
Liter iu the campaign the Hants ' lighting in the Orange Imaged (nsn early morning ~ 11 tlie action at Amber, ■ocaaioii they were taken somewhat by surpnse, as altlxMigh they knew that Itocm were in tlie vicinity, tliey had no idea tiny were in such cits* proximity. Tlie Company also took part in the pursuit of Do AV'et for five weeks, but tlu&t wily warrior succeeded in evai^iiig tlwvn.
On arrival at New;»oft tOe^lmland Yeomsiuy weie presented with addn-#*es on Udislf of the Corporation, whilst a baud em 1* tablet, con-tainiug. the names of all the Island ftien who bad served in Uie Fr«mt, was unveiled. In tlie ciiurx- of th«* Iw * nude on that occasion
tin- Mayor, iu hen*#nmg the alawnce of Capt. See ley, through au attack of malarial fe*cr, ^ said tlniX the gallant csptsiu was "foremost »»hen dang.n threatened, ami tlw laat to loa-ve." He UM-ntii-neil tli* 11 iui|tie c.n uuistais e that bvth Veomen and Volunteers went out as » Idlers of lb, (juwen, and returned wldiers of Kim;. "Ml that tli»jt^s#L_^ut at the end til* beginning
Yeomanry saw n* Frew State, l»eing till late fouU'in.

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