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VOLUNTEER AND DEFENCE NOTES.

* (Bjr BIFLiEMAN.) ci 4 : : ;i',ji ■ • • ft) 6 Secretaries at bV. volunteer eorpe turougn- " i ont * Si" aistflot aro invited to Si contribute to this eoioinn. "ftlflemnii" * will be glad to receive any item of epe- "> * ml ?£ internet for j>abUc*tlon, not $ i ~ ere ,V' concerning town companies, but ~' equally conoevnins tho country , corpg. It *' I 1« de»lrod in those notes to kceh volunteers £ , £l»°? ell <? ut the Province well Informed In £ f SS «.»* roluate ? r Interest, and it la only ?, ' JST S. co-operation of country corps with *l i «?. editor this can be accomplice S ' ?fn t i e£ . ac^. elly, NeWB intended for publlca- f. 3 In +h.i• th « °""ant woet'B Notes should be « * Itav LfrK b!r , Tuesday et the latest. % •' fleinT n?d* be el ??, ed P y a responsible of- * , SSSinjSf AMS" 1 ' tUt ° nly a " " * \ '• '. . Si t rtMZkSSrfpf"" 1 the .*«*« oanoenvrea « r - , ■I strong fey the end of nest month tc i . ' fli * The promotion of the Bey. J. A. Lnsford J - _. TShe resignation of 'Lieut. H. IF. Edge- £ d H *!• Of No - 2 Waitaito Alounted Riflel f 1 ?,?£.£*£? »«»Pted, his name being E £ ferred to the active list unattached. s " 1 b> A recent gazette notifies that Cape. H C i! adjutant of the So. l .A.M.R., and 5 H ietlngJCagtata H. Wyman, of the Pukekohe £ 0 Mounted. Rifles, have been appointed trua- p. j. teas of the PukeMie .Volunteer parade i ( ground 'reserve. « ° Advices from "Wellington state that a x course of preparatory training, commencing 1 on May 4, is to be taken at that qlty by the four officers of the defence forces ' who have been selected to proceed Home s for special training. 3 ii following l s the range time-table and tl< s list ox offlcei'B for duty for nest month:— v April 3, 500 and 6UO yds, Capt. Plugge; fi April 17th, 200 and GOO yds, Capt. Sherson; t< - April 24 (Campbell Belt), 200, 500, and M r 600 yds, Capt. Dawson. c c , The capitation returns for the Ist Reri- n - meat Auckland Mounted Rifles have all £ i been completed and sent to "Wellington Tihe \ i returns show that a total of 04,7 Call ranks) ? j have been retermed as efficient, and of this I:{ number 38 have qualified for marksmen's ■badses. This is the largest nurmber the . V regiment has capitated for for years past, t< q and is probably -the best in the district. g, The Gordons are showing a marked lm- p. prorrement lately in the miniature rifle n - range snooting. Last Friday evening some cc j fine scores were put up. Sergt. ilarun nar- p. . rowly missing vhe possibß- by getting nn hi inner for his 'last shot. Ittio two weekly h ■*. prizes (crack and novice) were won by 111 t Sergt. Martin (3-i points) and Pt. HaiTls fr r (32 points) respectively, the latter member r being a recruit of one week's standing. T The Defence Council is fully alive to "L the great need of better facilities for trans- {"■ i- port and commissariat in connection with jr . the volunteer forcers, and it is gratifying to know that the formation of an army service corps for the Dominion Iβ witMn a ] t measnrable distance; in fact, the necessary 13 regulations have been drawn up, flad as cI soon as they are approved, enrol. .."it of 0I the corps will be proceeded with. Such a m c corps should receive hearty Bupport, and a) i fuller particuliirs will be awaited with in- ] n . tcrest. to . lA -worthy abject is thnt which the mem- bl ■ hers of No. 1 G.A.V. have projected for jj( i- Saturday afternoon next. The members Sl b parade at Queen-street at 2 p.m., and pro- Ie t ceed to the AValkamka Cemetery, where' ci the afternoon will be- spent in donring and r tidying up the graves of the veterans In- , 1 terred there. Tar and sand are to be pro-. „ vided by the cemetery trustees, horses and _ draye *y the OneJiunga Borjugh Council, i and' the Implements by the council of the d Railway Department. j- tc Sergt. J. Martin, Gordon Rifles, hns been tl promoted to the rank of colour-sergennt. re He is the oldest member o£ the emps, hay- hi c ing joined on the night of its formation, tl c in April, 1898. since when his promotion j has been steady. He has for years been a ol member of all the corps' committees, uud 4S hns won the Abbott champion shield twice, a f Corp. Seel, of the same corps, has been pro- tl moted to the rank of sergeant. Ad ex- m Ir Grenadier Guardsman, Sergt. Seel has all- tt the makings of a first-rate non.-com. He tl 3 saw active service with his regiment in v< s South Africa. T a t< Hie following appointments, -with dates s , of commission, are notified in the 'latest £■ V Gazette: Lieut. J. N. McCarroll, llarsd-en p Moumted Rifles, to be captain, November 11, * a 190S; Lieat. G. D«an. No. 1 Ohlnemurl J , Rifles, to be captaJn, January 22, 1909; Band- " master P. H. Mohr, 'First Mounted Auckland n, s InfaTTtry VolcinteeT Tinnd, to be honorary Xl s lieutenant; W. fl. Gfbb, of No. 3 Native « , .Rifles, to be dieutenant, 'December 2. 190S: | dl ' R. H. Bayly. "C" Co., King's OoHege Rifle S , c Cadets, to be captain: W. Oardiner, No. 3 6' i OMnemiiri Rifles, to be lieutenant, Decem- S' 0 .ber 2, 1908. £j The 'Gordon Pilfles' sectional competition "' (iNovem'ber-February) on tbe miniature m ? range was concluded last monfih. The innof vation proved highly successful, the sboot- ' c ing throughout being very keen, and, al- „ though the winning section secured a big lead to the end, it had Its "ups and downs" „ 0 as well -as the other sections. In a coinpei- .tition of this kind It ls raaily the Teimlarlty p of attendjuice more than She lnulvJdual 6| shooting that d'ecldes the winning .team, ac » '■ one section may drop ac many aa from 50 ~', •■- to 100 points in oue nigßt's shoot through s 0 the 'abscu'Cß of two or three of its monvbers. * Appendied are the competition results: No. 1 1 eoctton, Sergt. Martin, 1537 points: No. 4, J 0 tSergt. 'Graihttm, 1834; No. 2, Sergl. Seel, *± c 1S51; iNo. 8, Sergt, Aettton, 1000 points. b + An interesting addition to tho existing c meains of commundca.tlon 'betivcon Welling- >; * ton and Orlngl, the sltn eelaoted for the i £ c Baster manoeuvres in tho Wellington millt tary district, will be tie 'pig-eon oxprese. -n Tlhe idea Iβ the outeomo of a suggestion f, • from LJeut. Duiean, Biustooor Staff Offlcor v r at heaOtpmriett, vluit tfio sarrloea of the o i- W«lllnstOD iHomlng Figoon Olnb bo ouUstcd, s , an idea whlci the member* of tfaa club c Umc enClinelasMcally tttltea up, Llptit.-Col. n '■ •BaucUi'op, oSwit eemsimntJinß tho x d W'elitaatott dteti'lot, ba« upproveff o£ the jj ) suggeeSon, n.iia «Uo ciub, dutewninod to do >; ' WeoK imawr, Ma daflidei} to juit lus best c 7 ttisra into itralateg f&rt/bwJWJ. A t v d The "Territorlnl Service Gazette" of 10th February, 1009, contains the following pnrn- P _ graph:—"Owing to the success of Cadet n Colour-Sergeant William R. Friar's vlolt 0 , to tho Mother Country- in 1003, it has boon n decided to invite ten cadets from New Zen- P land, somo from Canada, und aomo fi'om n AtmtrnUu. Hoepitality will bo forthcomlns P from the Englloh boys to these cadets, on 7 tho tanges anfl In tho playing fields, from v July to September. The mnet cherlehod c p trndltlons of the City of London urn adu- n i" o.atlonul proßrcoa and Uib exevtjeo of wlue tl houpltaUty, Rnd this BolierU' Hoys' p . will nttempt to isacry »"t ftgain In IPOO, ii !,' with, thfl help o£ nil neboolboya In. the C , Mother Country," In eonneotlan with th.ie " 1 Aloioi' Bobt) wrote to glv Jesenh Wsrd, asfe.. tl y the Government's intentions in the ft . matter, and although the reply wsa Pat a P " favourable one, an attempt will fee niatip c: by tbe Qnehunga people to senn at least c s one cadet to compete at Bisley tils year, ,r There bps inaidat=ona «>? n in tbe Defence Department (says m c*. change), not very jmnoJtant, but chaw-ins a «signsfloant tendency to cut Sewn expend?-- yi tnre where' thl s can be done without Pf«-- bi 3 jngieins efficiency \n the fleid., Quapte?wnatpra in the four centres have long re-- ir celYed P er annmn for carrying out i c their (ftiHea, which are mainly- those of w c lqaWng after eampment |p eaiaj, w .' Moie important vrork than thia i§'4ofle f »ratnitonaly by other ypluntoera, aaft it x " fe pnderstood Thst these RP- a] t pointmentg are new to cease, Horse allow- vi a anees t-q iho Perwonent Staff hav-o ia the v, Bast been fised. f,\. #5M pev anu.WH, It js, ; >l SRite fiesEihle fo,? some memberfi at we *) staff t(i parry an their duties for p 3?eap tl T . Tfitbeut. "(ling haifca-dozeu times; so, %t&i E « they hire a horse iv future, inateafl * aiwaya keeping ane on. hand, it TvUl ge^B

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VOLUNTEER AND DEFENCE NOTES. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 77, 31 March 1909

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