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Western Mail, Thursday 14 September 1933, page 2.


Dear "Non.-Com."- Your page brings back memories of good days and sad days, and I have often threatened to send in a yarn. I see old Jack Ryder of the 10th Light Horse does his bit. Ask him to tell us about the day he went on parade in his underpants because the Q.M. wouldn't issue him with another pair of strides!

A lot of the old 10th will remember the following yarn. It happened in Guildford in the very early stages. The mess orderlys used to march up to the cook house and get a dixey of tea and a dixey of stew. By some mistake this day they got two dixies of tea. Little Jock Kennedy was mess orderly and when Paddy Hamlin came around and called "Any Complaints?" Jack never hesitated. He sprang to attention and said: "Yes, sir. We can't tell the _ tea from the stew!"

There was a roar of laughter and Paddy joined in!- "172 x 10th", Peak Hill.

Those in the story:

Jack Ryder = 218 Sergeant James RYDER, a 36 year old Farmer from Maylands, Western Australia. He enlisted on 20 October 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 27 January 1919.

Jock Kennedy = 658 Private Joseph KENNEDY, a 20 year old Farmer from Highbury, Western Australia. He enlisted on 19 November 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 16 March 1919.

Paddy Hamlin = Lieutenant Herbert Bowen HAMLIN, a 29 year old Surveyors assistant from Narrogin, Western Australia / Christchurch NZ. He enlisted on 28 October 1914; and subsequently Died of Disease, 30 May 1919.

Narrator = 172 Corporal Evan BAIN, a 22 year old Farmer from Katanning, Western Australia. He enlisted on 6 October 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 11 July 1917.