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Western Mail, Thursday 23 November 1933, page 2

Rank and File.

Lieut. J. B. Minchin, D.S.O., M.C., of the 16th Battalion, A.I.F., dropped in to see me last week from Beverley, and I took him along to a Press sub-branch luncheon. He has had a pretty rough spin as regards health during the last year or so. In the Old Sixteenth, from the landing, on Gallipoli to the Hindenburg line, "Minch" was as well known as the Town Hall clock is to citizens of Perth. He went right through from the landing to the evacuation with the battalion, and in France only missed Messines, Bullecourt, and the last stunt against the Hindenburg line outposts. He must have had more than his share of luck in that strenuous period, for he got through without a scratch, The D.S.O. and M.C. came his way, and, by all accounts, they were well earned. His picture appears on this page. He looks what an Aussie would call a "hard-doer," doesn't he? Incidentally, he told me that he had filled every job in his company from "babbling brook" up to company commander! I'll bet there are some "best yarns” floating about concerning "Minch" if his cobbers would only put their pens to paper.

Frank Welsh, M.L.A. for Pilbara, called to see me last week, and I took him along to the Press sub-branch luncheon, where he thoroughly enjoyed the address by Andy .Davidson, D.C.M., M.M., on "The Man. with the Donkey." I met Frank on his North-West station during my trip last year, and he and his good wife were very hospitable.