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AMONG the officers who had the honour of attending a council, held by the King at

AMONG the officers who had the honour of attending a council, held by the King at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, was Lt Col Richard Lockhart Ovey, of Hernes, Henley, 1/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who was invested with the Insignia of the Distinguished Service Order, of which he was made a companion in January for services rendered in connection with military operations in the field.

The news reached Hambleden on Sunday of the death of Rifleman A Richardson, who was killed in action in France on April 29. The gallant soldier was well-known in the village, of which he was a native. At the parish church special prayers were said. Before entering the army last year, Rifleman Richardson was employed at the post office and was caretaker of the institute.

“I did intend to join but not for six months as I have many debts and thought it was my duty to pay them first,” said Arch Chas Slaughter, an author, of Ropaley Lodge, Bowes Park, when arrested for being absent from the army. He previously resided at Checkendon and in March he applied to the Henley Rural District Tribunal for exemption on the ground that he wished to continue his career as an author in order to repay a loan.





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