A SQUADRON C.V.C.
IN CAMP AT BARRY'S BAY. ABquadron of tbe OYO. h ii oamp et Barry's Bay for its annual auxiliary train ' tag, which is held to do away with the daylight parades neoessary under the De fence Act. The camp was opened on Satar diy The A Squadron is drawn from the Ellesmere and Peninsula districts, and its strength, according to parade statistics, is about 80, At the present camp it is made up as follows:—Ellesmere, 35 troopers ; Peninsula, 34 troopers; Christchuroh, 10 troopers. The camp is in charge of Captain T; Overton, with-Lieutenant T MasefieH in charge of No. 1 Troop, Lieutenant J Cos in oharge of No. 2 Troop, and Lieutenant iVTao Mlllan in oiarge No, 3 Troop, Colonel Bond (unattached; is also in camp. BergeantiMajor Mellow is the musketry instructor. ~~ A COMFORTABLE CAMP. The oamping ground chosen by the mounted men is an idoal one, and is situated on Mr B. Latter's proprty, o'osi to the Barry's Bay Po'Bt Office. The tents sr» in the shelter bi the willow trear, whilo the Kai' tuna, th<) Maori name for the s:re\m, runs along the boundary of the grounds. Good clean water (or dunking and washing pur poses is, thuretore, plen.itul. The cimp, as situated, is sheltered from the southerly winds. In tin paddock adjoining tbe camp there is a fine parade ground, where tue Barry's Bay Spots Club hold their annual meeting/and in the same paddock there is a splendid raDgs available for musketry and elaSß'firing. Tbe surrounding hills are fine for outpoft work, which will be a feature of the camp. The tents themselves are pitched on high ground, and tbe cookhouse is a special feature and most convenient. It consists of a portable double stove, with obimney, which is capable of cooking food enough for 450 This is a great improve: ment upon the trench cooking, which is extravagant in fuel, and the faod produced is very often badly cooked. All the cooking arrangement" are under cover, so that tho camp cook is a haipy man—an almost extraordinary thing for a military camp cook. The food certainly is well cooked. The are situated under the trees in a sheltered spot, and in the present fine Weather they should not come to any harm, THE CAMP ROUTINE. The work dons during th 9 camp, wiiieh will txtend until Monday next, October 12, will practically be confined to olas "firing, outpest work and musketry. A good v ; orOUS daily programme w.s gone through yesterday, wuich will probably be repea.ed, with slight alterations, from day to day. The day's programme yesterday was:-«-Raveille 5.35 a.m., warning for stable 5 4C, fall in and roll call 5 55, stables 6, water by troops, feed 6.45, breakfast 7/ fall in (dismounted) 9, dismiss 11.30, stables noon, feed 12 45, dinner 1, warning for musketry and dismounted work 2 30, fall in 2 45, dismiss 4 30, warning stables 4.45, stables 5.45, feed, tea 6 p.nv, warning for nivht guard 6 35. fall in 6 50, lecture oa outpost work 715 first poßt 9.30, last noßt 9.46, lights out 10.
ACCIDENTS AT THE CAMP. Yesterday two accidents occurred at tbe oamp, whioh fortunately were not of a very Berious nature Lieutenant Coe, while on outpost work in the morning, approached too oloße to his horse's heels and was kicked on the hip. He was disabled for some time, but will probably be on duty again today. Trooper Anderson got' a very nasty kick while leading three horses. The horses he was leading pulled back, and he was dragged from his horse and received a nasty kick in tbe upper leg. Fortunately, the bone was not broken, though the leg is very bruised and stiff.
, VISITORS TO THE CAMP. Coionel R. Heaton Rhodes and Colonel Chafley will probably pay a visit of inspection to the camp on Saturday.
ANNUAL SPORTS AND DANCE. The annual squadron sports will be held in the parade paddock on Saturday next, commencing at 1 p.m. The programme will include military competitions on horseback and athletic events. The squadron danco will be heldin Akaroa on Thursday evening in tbe Oddfellows' Hall. It has been decided tbat the troopers- charge for admis* eion to the sports aad devote the proceeds to the Food for Britain and Belgium Fund, and it is also probable that the mounted men with outside assistance, will hold a concert for the same purpose at Duvauohelle some time during the week, probably Saturday night. -
The oil launch Toi Toi will leave Aka roa at 1.15 p.m. for the sports.
MISCELLANEOUS. The oamp is open to visitors, and it is ex peoted that there will be a large attendance at the squadron sports on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday, On Sunday evening a launch load ot the troopers visited Akaroa, about 45 in all. Another launch load oame to Akaroa last night. The following promotions have been made sines the camp started:—Corporals E. Latter and R. Bruce have been made acting sergeants and Troopers Gardiner and Sheet noting lance corporal?. Mr J. Gaskin, of Duvauchelle, is running a dry canteen for tbe camp. The horses in camp are of a very fine stamp, and are mostly young and in good fettle. There is not a horse in the lines over Syrs old. The vacancies caused by troopers of the A Squadron who have gone with the Expeditionary Force have been filled up. Some of those filling vacancies are Troopers Ralph Coe, V, Craw and C. Waghorn. HALF-HOLIDAY. The Mayor of Akaroa has declared Saturday a half-holiday instead of Thursday for Akaroa on account of the sports.
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A SQUADRON C.Y.C., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3443, 6 October 1914