Back from the War

Announcement Date: 21st June 1901

Mr William Dumbarton son of Mr William Dumbarton butcher of Amersham, who returned with the Bucks Imperial Yeomanry to Wycombe on Monday met with a very enthusiastic reception at Amersham the same evening. A reception committee had been formed with Captain Drake as chairman, and at an early hour on Monday the inhabitants tastefully decorated the town. A procession headed by the Amersham Brass Band and including the Fire Brigade, Chesham Yeomanry, Oddfellows, Foresters, etc was formed about 5.30 and proceeded up Wheilden Lane to meet Private Dumbarton and a number of his comrades who were escorted into the town amid the ringing of the church bells, the music of the band, and the cheering of the crowd. In front of the Town Hall Capt Drake ascended a van and said that they as in habitants of Amersham welcomed Mr Dumbarton and his comrades on their return from active service with his Majesty’s forces in South Africa, and congratulated then on having come through safely through a campaign of most unusual difficulties and hardships. They like many other brave men came forward and fought for their country at a very critical time, risking life an limb in their country’s cause. They had distinguished themselves on many occasions and shared in the unfading laurels gained by the Yeomanry and the other forces in the campaign in which they had been engaged. They were glad to see them back and they wished them many years of happiness and health feeling they would never regret the time and experience they had gained in their country’s service in time of need. Mr Dumbarton in reply thanked them all for the kind way that they had only done their duty and they wished them all success and prosperity.