THE SENIOR CADETS.
AN INBPECTIONAL PARADE. MAJOR-GENERAL GODLEY IN ASHBURTON. A FSNE MUSTER. BOYS' '■■WORK COMMENDED. After the passing of the Defence Act, the first, parade of the Ashburton Senior Cadets'recruited under the new system was. held on January 15, 1911, under Sergeant-Major Williams. The various units that took part in that initial parade naturally presented a somewhat raw appearance, and the smart, soldierly youths of to-day, with their steadiness and esprit de corps? would scarcely be\ recognised as the same. There was at. first a little trouble with the unruly ones; but* the large majority soon settled down, to their wprk and began to take a pride in. their appearance and in their various companies.
The boys' who paraded before the Commandant of the New Zealand Forces (Major-General A. J. Godley); to-day were a fine, smart-looking lot, and one of which the town may well feel proud. The members of Company No. 14 (High School), when recently inspected by Colonel Smythe, were highly, complimented by that experiencecf officer on their steadiness and. igeneVal smartness, and Nos. 35 and 36 ; have--''also ■ won praise for their pro--'<ficiency, and torday they all ■', upheld iheir reputation. The youths appear to like their work better as time progresses, and the Cadet Companies have been responsible for handing on many well-trained young men to the Territorial ranks. .
To-day they were under the supervision of Captain Andrews, Area Group Officer, and local officers in charge of the various companies were as follows: No. 14, Lieutenant J. Stewart; No. 35, Lieutenants 11. Jones, A. D. Wilkie, and J. G. Barns; No. 36, Lieutenant K. Dee. The total number on parade was 171. The boys were attired in the same uniform as that worn by the New Zealanders when they made themselves famous in thei;Empire Competitions. The uniform consists of a blouse, short pants, hose and slouch hat. The Cadets paraded at the Drill Hall at noon, and from there marched to the Domain for inspection by Major-General Godley, who motored down from Christchurch. The Major-General, who arrived punctually on time, was met a<t the Domain gates by his Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Davis), Councillor F. Ferriman, and Mr A. McClure (Town Clerk), and formally welcomed to Ashbur ten. Others present at the inspection were Surgeon-Captain G. Lyon (N.Z. Medical Corps), Lieutenant-Col-onel Russell llendle (N.Z. Medical Reserve), Chaplain the Rev. J. R. Burgin, Rev. W. J. Elliott (chairman of the local branch of the Honorary Territorials), Lieutenant-Quartermaster J. B. Christian, (Bth Regiment South Canterbury Mounted Rifles), Captain W. F. Watters, Major W. E Dolman, V.D., and Mr C. 0. Harper (Chairman of the County Council. Accompanying the Major-General were Mrs Godley and Lieutenant Tahu Rhodes (attached to the Grenadier Guards). The inspection comenced at 12.45 on the hockey ground in the Domain, and lasted exactly an hour. The Cadets were first put through various drill evolutions, and then, at the MajorGeneral's request, marched past. They were later put through physical exercises by Sergt.-Major Shepherd and extended work by Lieutenat Jones. The Commandant was evidently very pleased with the work of the boys, who gave evidence of good training. During their work the Major-General frequently made use of the remark " Very Good," and such like expressions of appreciation.
When the inspection had concluded the Major-General addressed the officers, nqn-commissioned officers and cadets., He said that he was very glad to have the opportunity to see the Ashburton Cadets—and to see them at work. He wished also to say that he was very pleased with what he had seen, and he was glad to know that Ashburton had three such good companies of Senior Cadets. He complimented them on the way they had turned out and on their drill, which , was good. They had learned to handle their arms well and to do the physical drill well. He hoped it would not be long before they would be supplied with rifles, which had been ordered. When they did get their i-ifles "he hoped that; they would look well after them. \'A soldier's first duty was to look after his rifle and to learn to use it well. In ; May the Cadets would be inspected at Timaru :by one of the senior Generals of theVißritish Forces, and when 1 that inspection did take plrce the people of Ashburton would look to their Cadets to come out on top. When General Hamilton asked " Where do those three companies come from?'-' the reply might come "Ashburton." And the General might say: " Well,, they' re the best." That was what the Ashburton people wanted him to say. He was glad to see the Mayor and townspeople taking such an interest in the Cadets, and i% was tfp to the boys to try and make'their respective corps the best in the Dominion. He asked the Mayor to say a few words.
The" Mayor expressed pleasure at having the opportunity of welcoming Major-General Godley to Ashburton. He (Mr Davis) had been a volunteer himself at one time, and took an. interest in military matters, but the old stagers had had to give way to the young ones. He did not think that General Godley could have said other than he did after seeing, the fine work of the boys, and when "they wont/tto limaru he hoped they would bring- back to Arhburtou the chief honours. At Lhe call vi the Mayor three cheers were, given for General" Godley by the civilians pies raft.
Major-General and Mrs Godley and Lieutenant Rhodes left for Fairlie by motor-car shortly after the inspection. Ihe Limvood Band, which was on the Domain with the butchers' picnic party during the inspection of the Cadets, kindly played som« appropriate airs, for which they were warmly thanked by the Major-General.
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THE SENIOR CADETS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8798, 19 February 1914
THE SENIOR CADETS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8798, 19 February 1914
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