METHOD OF DISTRIBUTION
WELLINGTON, This Day. Many applications have been received
by the Minister of Defence from, local
bodies and private individuals throughout the Dominion for war trophies, and as there is evidently some misunderstancling regarding the system of distribution; the Defence Department km issued the following statement of tne principles governing the matter: —
Trophies captured by units must, in the first instance, be handed over to the Imperial authorities. Each unit subsequently submits claims for all articles captured, such claims being dealt with by a special committee, which in due course allots the trophies to the various units.
Each regiment or Territorial area in New Zealand embraces one to five of the principal towns in the particular area. Tims Auckland City is the Territorial Area of the 3rd- (Auckland) Rciment and Ist Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade; Wellington City, the headquaic^ergof ther^thi' (Wel- S lington) R egimeiip aiia"^2SS Battalion New Zealand Rjfle . Brigade- .-.•.Christchiittch, City, ,%h,dt 1st:• (Canterbury)' Reginient,Aad''3ra "Battalion New Zealand ■ Rifle Brigade; Dunedin City, the 4th (Otago) Regiment and 4'tli Battalion Now Zealand Rifle Brigade. Similarly, provincially, the Territorial Regimental Area of the 15th (North Auckland) Regiment embraces Whangarei, Dargaville. Helensville, and Kohukohu; the 7th (Wellington and West Coast) Regiment embraces Wanganui, Marton, Palmerston North, and Feilding; the 13th (Nelson and West Coast) Regiment, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Hokitika, and Reefton : the 10th (North Otago) Regiment, Oamaru, Mosgiel, Cromwell, and Duntroon. On the formation of Expeditionary Force units each battalion of infantry was composed of four companies, one company being drawn from each Territorial area. Each regiment of mounted, rifles was similarly constituted by souadrons drawn from.. Rifle Territorial areas. It • is, therefore, but natural that the personnel of each unit in the field and their relatives in New Zealand 'are concerned that trophies captured by each unit should be distri- ! buted to their own areas throughout the Dominion.
The principle governing the distribution of war trophies iri-*fche Dominion is. therefore, that all trophies captured by. the troops are issued in the first place to the towns in which the headauarters of.the units which captured them are situate., Headquarters of units have been instructed that trophies so 4 issued are . not to be considered the exclusive. property of the respective regimental areas, and that the claims of other towns in those areas must receive consideration. With this end in view, officers commanding units have been instructed to confer with the mayors of towns in which their headouarters are situate, requesting them in turn to communicate with the mayors of other towns in their 'areas with a view to forming committees to deal with the distribution of the trophies on an eauitable basis.
Thus it will be seen that'applications' for war trophies should not be made to the Hon. the Minister of Defence, but to the mayors of the towns in which the headquarters of units a?e situate.
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WAR TROPHIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919
WAR TROPHIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919
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