The funeral of the late Mr. W. J. Birch, of Marton, took place on Friday from St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington. The cortege included Mr. Caccia Birch, son of the deceased, General Sir Andrew Russell, Mr. A. G. Russell, Mr. A. Russell, Mr. A Leigh Hunt (representing the Dominion Farmer’ Institute), Mr. E. C. Jack (representing the New Zealand Farmers’ Union, New Zealand Council of Agriculture, and Manawatu A. and P. Association), Mr. S. E. Lambert (representing the New Zealand Farmers’ Co-op. Distributing Company), Mr. W. Ferguson, and other friends. Short services were conducted in the Cathedral and the crematorium by Bishop Sprott.
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