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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES

EXPERIENCES FROM PENINSULA VOLUNTEER.

LIFE AT SF-A IN A TROOPSHIP

A member of the main Naw Zealand Expeditionary Forca« relates his experiences on H.M.N.Z.T Tahiti from the time the troop 3 left Albany until their arrival at Colocsbo. Ha stated ail the Peninsula boys were well and their horses in good eondi tion. His letters are as follow : -

"This is our fifth day out from Albany. Wo are just entering the tropics, and are all beginning to fee! the heat. It is frightfully hot today, and everyouo is going about with I bare, feet and only a light singI let, ' grouser?, and hat on. We (left Albany last Sunday morning, November 1, ot six. o'clock. It was a perfect morning, (not a wave or a cloud to be seen anywiieie. Two warship" , wa.ifc out first, followed by the Australian troopships. The Australian β-bips are all in their useal siate. Thoy are not painted or disguised in any way, and I can S teli you it was a magnificent sight to see them steam out of tbs Vmvhour one-efter the other. They all passe i within a hundred yards of oar boat, and, of course, tbfcre was an exchange of salutes. 3he Australian troops gieeted ua with volleys of cheer 3 and noo-ees, and we replied with Maori hakas and more cheer 3. Once out of the harbour the Australian ships formed up into three ! lines, and the New Zealand ships followed cm behind in two line.?. We have warships on • every side of us. Two snore troopships joined us from Freeniantle when we were two days out, There are twentyeight Australian shipa altogether. They are: — Orvieto, Southern, Pera, Sal danp.ha, Kaluna, Hytnethu?, Suffolk, .Snglo-Egyptian, Wiltshire, Karroo, Star of England, Geelong. Port Lingoln, Marero, Clan Maccorkquodale, EuripicK', Argylesbire, Afric, Sko.p.hire, Benallß, Star c£ Victoria, and Hororata. Tho New Zealanders are : Manganui, Hawke's Bay, Star ai India, Limerick, Tahiti, Arawa, Athcnic, Crari. Ruapehu and Waimana. j Wβ base bad perfect weather since leaving Albany, and there is every appearance of it keeping so. The borseo are still doing well, mid ;uM- all remarkably free from .swollen I j !e?3 and sickness. Two huge canvnss baths, | about 15ft long and 6ft wide, have been / made, and the men are compelled to gat up j at 5 o'clock in tne morning (three mornings ; a wfifk), and have a bath. Needless to-say the bath is Retting very popular now c. have a washing.day once a week, and the > men all take advantage of it t3 wash out their clotb.ee, and do a little mending, etc. Twenty per cent of the men sleep cut on deck now. There has been nothiDg doing j the last two days. The men just do their I work, and fill in time practising signalling, j eta, and learning to sketch and scout We ! have concerts in ths evenings, and wo have » good library, properly managed by some ef the old college boys- For tonight a boxing tournament has been arranged. Our daily routine is as follows:—0 a.m i revfiilis (every man turn out) ; 6.20 roll call j (every N CO and man fall in and answer to his name); G. 30 a in. stables (mounted men j utansport men groom horses ; 7, feed horses 7.30, breakfast, (first relay sits down to break tast; 9 30, parade (first parade cnt.t.enees) ; 10.80, etab'ps (mounted men ami transport j ?ncn groom horse?); 11.30, faed horses ; [ 12 noon, dinner..{first relay site down to din- j nnr); 'J. 30 parade (afternoon parade inenees)-; Hi) 0, stables (mounted men and transport men groom homes) ; 4.30 feed horses ; 5, tea (first relay bO, down t<-tea); 7 leclures ( lectures foi' ail N.CGs and men in mess rooms ; 8.30 first post (everyone goes ! hebw); 9 last post (itop smoking, everyone I but guard and police po below); 915, light? out (every man to be in bod aud lights oul j everywhere ; 11, lights out in saloon (oiiicers j Sunday, November Bth, 1914 9 30 n.m

It is not. I have a pair of trousers and a on, but the perspiration is pouring out of me with the slight exertion of writing. Wβ are hosting north by nor'-west, and it soems certain that we are going to Colombo and then through the Suez Canal. We should arrive in Colombo nest Sunday. 1 hope we get ashore for a while. Our menare all well, but are feeling tbe heat very ranch, Our food is much better now, and is s°ive<i up in a much more appetising way. Consequently the men nre all happy, and are all enjoying the voyage. Tbe sunsets and sunrises are most beautiful here. There is practically no twilight at all. As soon as the sun sets it is dark almost straight away. We have had a good moon up till now, and with the very fino nights it is a pleasure to go on duty. I was on duty on the signal station for four hours laet night, and intended staying on another four, but my relief turned up and I had to go to bed. Our horsß3 are being exercised nearly every day now, nnfl will be while the soa ia bo calm. We had a great sports day yesterday. We a!) imagined it to be tho N.Z. Cup Day. 1 wonder what won the cup. Numerous amall beiawero mnde as to the reeult. We are all looking back enviously Jo the Carnival' Week in Cbristcburen. '

Our sportß consisted of obstacle races, bnokets of water races, and tugs of war. Officers races were hold tco. There were so many entries that tbe Committee had to postpone the finals. They will bo run off nest week.

Tbo tug of war teams aro very keen, and are going io train every night A collection was made to provide prizes. A obnroh service is to bs held this morning, and a voluntary panicle this evening. Our chaplain, the Key. Blatnires, is a very nico man and very popular. The "Gsterley," bound for England'via Colombo passed v? quite close. We are all hoping that,she has got our mails on board and will drop them at Colombo for us. Wire loss messages re war are not circulated now, ao wa are very much in the dark yej- A few papers would be most welcome j Ist now. I supposo we will get s&me new? at Colombo.

It was awfully sultry this morning, and very few men went down to breakfast Sergeant Major Quarterly very unkindly drew my thoughts to the fact that you people in Akaroa would be having flounders for break fast. lam not sure, but I believp atew was provided for our meal, tHew is cot appetis , ing on hot days and I don't think. Tell that those stews we got at Kowai were 'quail on toaet , cpmpnred with these we get berp.Church parade soon, so goodbye just now." - (junday Afternoon. 4.15.

Have just come off tbe bridge after four bouts' duty. It is raining hard now—a real tropical rain 4

(To be Continued) S3

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3470, 15 January 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3470, 15 January 1915

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