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The Kilties have demonstrated before that the battalion possesses an abundance of amateur stage talent...
The pipers are always favourites and their appearance on the stage was the signal for much animation among the audience. The Highland Reel by Pipe Major Hosie, Sergt. Whyte, Pipers Buchanan, McArthur and McBeth was rendered in approved fashion in this act.
The musical selections and recitations were splendid. In Pte. Vaughan the Kilties have an artist. His song, "By the Yukon Trail," and the "Bedouin Love Song," with the monologue "Dismal Jimmie," made him a favourite with the audience. Lieut. Asquith too achieved a triumph in his recitation, as did Lance-Corpl. Jackson in "Two Little Drummer Boys" recitation, and his "We're All Under the Same Old Flag" song.
Piper Buchanan is as good with the violin as he is with the pipes, and his Scottish airs brought him an avalanche of approval when he left the stage.
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GIRL CARPENTERS RETURN
“WOODSNIPPERS” CONCERT PARTY
Mr WG Tarrant’s lady carpenters on their return from France, gave two enjoyable entertainments at Byfleet Village Hall last week - on Thursday evening to the firm’s employees and their friends, and on Friday to the general public – in aid of St. Nicholas Home for crippled Children.
On both occasions the building was filled with an enthusiastic audience, and the splendid programme carried out by the girls’ concert party, known as the ‘Woodsnippers’ was appreciated just as heartily as many similar entertainments had been by the British Tommies in France. Hundreds of flags were in evidence, being used both in stage setting and for the decoration of the hall; and the smart and dainty costumes worn by the girls added greatly to the charms of their entertainment which had been arranged by Lieut. H. Kennerley, who had trained them in France, and obtained leave to accompany them home.
The humorous element predominated in the programme, which in addition to concerted numbers, comprised admirably rendered songs by Miss Barrow, Miss French, Miss Langdon, Miss Dunster, Miss Berry, and Miss Thomson; a clever dance by Miss Norman representing the flutterings of a moth round a candle, a graceful minuet, charmingly executed by Miss Passmore and Miss Barrow with vocal accompaniment by Miss French; Highland Fling and Sword Dances by Miss Thomson; a diverting ragtime duet and dialogue by Miss Dunster and Miss Barrow, who respectively took the lead in two popular concerted items; and a most effective tableau, representing Britannia and he allies with which the entertainment concluded. Encores were numerous and enthusiasm reached its height when Mr Tarrant gallantly mounted the stage in response to the irresistible “Won’t you promenade with me?” of chic Miss Langdon in her song ‘Gay Paree.’ Miss AP Smallpiece, ARCM, was an admirable accompanist.
Some interesting particulars of the work carried out by the girls in France were given by Mr Tarrant, who mentioned that altogether about 150 had crossed the channel to engage in hut construction for the troops. Their camp near Calais was constantly subjected to air roads, and frequently bombs fell quite close, but fortunately there were no casualties, and throughout their stay the health of the girls was remarkably good, no fewer than 22,000 Missen[Sic] huts and 15,000 Tarrant portable huts were turned out by the firm, representing a total length, if placed end to end, of some 300 miles; and when the work was in full swing, 50,000 lb of nails were used per week. Collections by the girls on behalf of St Dunstans Hostel for Blinded Soldiers had realised £100.
On Friday evening reference to the work of St. Nicholas Home, Pyrford, was made by Mr FC Stoop and the proceeds of this entertainment amounted to over £20.
TARRANT’S WAR WORK
SOME INTERESTING FIGURES
Mr WG Tarrant has kindly supplied us with the following particulars of his firm’s war work operations: 35,000 huts constructed by the women carpenters; the total made by the firm was many thousands larger. About 100 military camps which had accommodated a quarter of a million men. Many stable and veterinary hospitals – sufficient to stand 80,000 horses. Ten hospitals each sufficient to accommodate 1,000 beds, together with staff, baths, equipment, etc. Various RE stores, petrol dumps, ammunition dumps, hangars, many miles of water main, roads, sewers etc. Sufficient timber was secured and joinery made from the Byfleet and West Surrey area to keep three boats continuously crossing to France for a period of 18 months.