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The Kaituna Valley presents quite a military appea'enoe at the present time, ow ing to the No 2 Div sional Signal Company being encamped there. The site of the camp ia similar to that ot last year, and the tents whiob border on sm.ill creek, nestling at the foot of a precip'tous bill, have a very oomfortablo and pioturpsque looation: Only 51 men. inoluding officers and the oook are under canvas?, but, despite the oompira lively small size of the camp, it would, in. deed, be an eye--pen'r for many to see the manner in which it ia conduoted, and the willingness of every man to carry out the work required of him. The adv nee party went out on tbe 19th inst., and the remainder of the company left town on tbe following morning, and. on arrival, found the camp in complete readiness for occupation. On the following morning work proper commenced, and it was not long before the camp was connected with Christchurch by telephone. A considerable amount of other work has since been accomplished, with the result that the efficiency of the men bas greatly increased. On Friday morning last Colonel C. J Cooper paid a visit of inspection to the cimp. and expr"Bßed himself as being very well pleased with the work, particularly that of the electrical seotion. Pack horse wrk has been u=ed with every success, aud the signal seotion has had muoh experience in "flag'waggine," with benefical results An examination for non oommisioned officers waß held, tbere being about eight entrants. Capta'n Bradley is in command, and he has associated with bim Lieuts Jamea and Mo Donald. So far everything has been a complete success, the men being well satisfied with the food, and the officers with the way in which the work is bung done.

In the evenings the company derives its amusement by songs and other musical items in tbe '-big ma quee," and occasion" ally by boxin» and wrestling. On Saturday evening 40 men took the train to Little River, and several of the talented members of the company assisted at a patriotic con> cer. after which they marched back to the camp, a distance of 17 miles A church •--ervice was held at the camp on Sunday afternoon, the Rev E. X Mules, of Little River, officiating There was a good attendance both of visitors and men, and at the olope of the service the men were dismissed for the remainder of the clay.

The following is thp daily routine observed in camp: — Reveille 6.30 a.m., first parade 645 a.m.. breakfast 8 a.m., second parade 9am, dinner 12 30 p.m., third parade 130 p m , tea 5 30 p m, horse picket 6 30 p.m, to 6 30 n.m, first popt 930 pm, last pest 10 p m, lights out 10 15 p.m.

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SIGNALLERS IN CAMP., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3540, 28 April 1916

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SIGNALLERS IN CAMP. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3540, 28 April 1916

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