OBITUARY MR H. GIFFIN 2 August 1924
Hilton (Johnnie) Giffin, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Alex Giffin of Ainsdale Manildra, quietly passed away in his sleep early on Wednesday morning, July 30.
His period of illness was a lengthy one, marked by much suffering, but borne throughout with the cheerfulness and fortitude that was characteristic. After returning home from the Coast Hospital some weeks ago, a temporary improvement became apparent, that gave promise of hopeful results. Unfortunately, an attack of bronchial trouble recently developed which, combined with the serious nature of the existing heart affection, made such inroads on a constitution already weakened by a continuous and lengthy suffering, that no vital force was left to continue the struggle.
Unremitting and devoted care throughout the trying ordeal was given by Nurse Eileen Giffin (his sister), and Percy was in constant attendance and did all that the highest medical skill could possibly prescribe.
The late “Johnnie” Giffin, as he was familiarly known among all the young boys of the district, was one of the most popular and best liked lads of Manildra. His bright and cheery disposition endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. The youthful manhood of the district feel today that a link of happy memories has been snapped, in the passing hence of a well loved comrade at the early age of seventeen years.
The pupils of the local Public School lined the route to the church, and some of the senior boys paid a last tribute to the memory of an “old boy” of the school by marching at the head of the procession. Messrs E. Fuller, E. Wilcox, H. Frogley and W. Ward, old school mates of the deceased acted as pall bearers.
We join the whole district in expressing our sincere sympathy to all the sorrowing relatives.
For further information see Manildra Memories folder at Manildra Library