OUR VOLUNTEER OFFICERS.
TRAILING IN ENGLAND. It is gratifying to the volunteer office, and men of the Auckland district t<3 that the selection of officers to pro™' Home to undergo instructional trlS has resulted in four men from the C? land district being chosen for the honout" Colonel Wolfe, 0.C.D., has received n?, erous congratulatory messages on t£ selection, for although one of the feu officers is stated to belong to the Dunefc Engineers, he is really on the staff of aj Auckland company. The estimation t wluch the Auckland Garrison officers a thus held is clearly evinced by these a£ of S by the New Zealand <*«»& The officers proceed to Wellington for three months, and afterwards to'EnManJ for instructional training in Home meth ods A brief account of the record of Captain S. A. Grant, one of the selected applicants, appeared in our issue of yes terday, and appended are thosa of tha other three oflicers. Captain H. Whyte joined the CbhVe Rifles in 1597, and was promoted to tho position of corporal two years later He joined the First Contingent to Souta Africa as a private, and returned to New Zealand with that troop. He proceeded again to Africa with the Seventh CW tingent a s company-sergeant-major, receiving for his services the D.C M ' h« joined the Tenth Contingent as Ueutenant, and on his return to New Zealand was elected lieutenant in the Auckland' Mounted Rifles-, being promoted to the captaincy in 19U5. Two years afterwards he was appointed A.Q.M.G. for the Auckland district. He possesses th e Queen's South African medal, with five clasps, the King's South African medal with two clasps, and the D.C.M. He has thus worked himself up from the ranks by sheer hard work and merit. Lieutenant \V. L. Eobinson joined the Auckland Engineers (No. 4 Co.) as a sapper in 1808. He worked himself up to the rank of sergeant of the signalling section, subsequently taking up a conj° mission as lieutenant in the same corpe. He proceeded to Dunedin two years ago' but is still on the books of the Auckland Company. Captain Adjutant J. E. Barton, of the Second Regiment A.M.R., is a son of Mr. J. C. W. Barton, for many years town clerk at Hamilton. He has passed exanjinations in theory and practice for his captain's certificates, and has also, the certificate course of instruction. He ia reported to be the youngest adjutant ia the Dominion.
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