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FARMERS' CORPS.

A MILITARY ORGANISATION. , j

(Per Press Association.)

AUCKLAND, February. 3.

The rules and regulations have now been set out in connection with the establishment of a Mounted Constabulary Corps, which it is proposed to form under the auspices of the New Zealand Farmers' Union. To qualify for membership applicants must not only be of good character and repute, but must also be resident in the district, with some stake in the country. Preference is to be given to men who have had some military training, and who understand the need and value'of discipline. Farmers and others directly or indirectly interested in farming, including professional men living in country districts, are to be elected. The organisation is to be run as if it were a military body under rules and regulations, as laid down in the King's and other army regulations, and the New Zealand regulations. It is provided that the force shall be formed into troops of 24 men and one officer, four troops to a squadron, fo\ir squadrons to a regiment, and two or I more regiments to a brigade, l The declaration of allegiance is as follows:—"I desire to join the Farmers' Union Constabulary Corps, and I undertake, so long as I remain a member of the corps, at all times to maintain discipline and to obey the commander-general and the omcers representing his authority, to acknowledge the executive of the New Zealand Farmers' Union (Auckland province) as the supreme governing body of the corps, and to make myself acquainted with and duly observe the rules, regulations, and instructions, now or hereafter authorised or promulgated by order of the executive council God Save .the King." A distinctive basge showing the New Zealand' Ensign" and surrounded by the motto,; "God and our rights, shall be provided and handed to each member on election. 1 The rules set for/tb the method ot procedure in organising squadrons, and provide that there must be i at least one half-yearly parade of all ranks, either by troops or as may be arfurther specified that this corps or association of unarmed yeomen can only be called into active service by direction and under control ot the government. . ... ".■

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FARMERS' CORPS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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FARMERS' CORPS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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