Melbourne (Oct. 8)
The Rev. Jacob Danglow, who was the Australian Jewish Chaplain to the Forces during the war, will hold a special funeral service for General Sir John Monash in the Parliament House on Sunday afternoon just before the State funeral, which will follow immediately.
Sir John was actively associated with the Jewish Community, and at the time of his death he was a member of the Board of Management of the St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation, and he was Honorary President of the Australian Zionist Federation. He was an observing Jew, and his high position and influence were always at the service of the Jewish Community of Australia.
The body is now lying in state, in the Queen’s Hall of the Parliament House in Melbourne. Long queues of people of all classes are waiting outside the entrance to file past to pay their last respects to the Australian war Commander.
It is estimated that 30,000 war veterans will follow the cortege on Sunday.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Scullin, in moving the adjournment of the House in the Federal Parliament last night, spoke of General Monash’s victories in peace and war, and said that Australia “has lost her most illustrious son”. The leaders of all the political Parties joined in tribute to Sir John, and the adjournment was agreed to in silence.
Melbourne looks to-day as though stricken by a terrible calamity. Groups of people collect at the street corners discussing Sir John’s sudden and tragic end. There is no other topic of conversation to-day. Men who served under Sir John in the war are going about with tears in their eyes.
“No living or past Australian has so endeared himself to everyone”, is the general tone of the newspapers and at the memorial meetings, several of which have already been held today. To-night there is to be a big mass meeting of war veterans, at which a plan is to be adopted to set up a permanent monument to their war-time leader.
The evening press eulogises General Monash as not only a victorious General, but a man who by his humanity and simplicity won the affection of all classes and creeds.
When Sir John’s death took place at eleven o’clock this morning, there were crowds of war-veterans outside the house, waiting to hear how he was, and the news of his death spread like wildfire through the city, giving rise to extraordinary manifestations of national grief.
I GRATEFULLY RECOGNISE HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE FOR EMPIRE KING WRITES.
A cable message of sympathy from the King has been received by Sir Isaac Isaacs, the Governor-General of Australia, and is widely published here. I regret, the message says, to hear of the death of General Sir Jonh Monash, whose distinguished service for the Empire I gratefully recognise. Please convey to his family the expression of my true sympathy.