GARRISON ARTILLERY CAMP.
The Easter camp of the Auckland G.A.Y. concluded yesterday afternoon. The following routine order was issued by Major Hazard, Fire Commander:— North Head, 1 p.m. 12/4/08. . CONGRATULATORY. I cannot allow the division to demobilise without expressing my sense of appreciation ♦of the splendid manner in which all the troops under my command have worked. Officers, N.C.O.'s and men have so heartily co-operated during the five days of strenuous duty with such unselfish and splendid enthusiasm that none but the highest praise is due to them. The work done generally has been instructive, and the result of the shooting satisfactory, a strong feature of the sue-1 cess being the night firing. This experi-1 ment, I trust, is only the forerunner of more service practice by night. , O.C. companies will please convey to all under their command, and to those attached to their command during the camp, my sincere compliments on the manner in which the scheme has been carried out in detail, thus ensuring a complete piecing together of the operations as a whole. (Signed) H. E. PILKINGTON, Adj. G.A.V. Division, Auckland. From the following tabulated statement the results of the firing during the whole camp may be gathered:—
THE WELLINGTON MANOEUVRES. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) DANNEVIRKE, Monday. The Easter encampment at Oriugi broke up to-day. Fine weather prevailed until Sunday, when heavy rain fell. There were about 1,930 men under canvas. On Friday there was a parade of troops, with battalion movements. On Saturday there was work in the shape of an engagement with an enemy from the adjacent hills. The enemy was repulsed, but the Hanking movements failed. On Sunday rain fell steadily all day, and elleciively prevented all useful work. To-day the manoeuvres were continued in tine weather. A further attack was made, and excellent shooting was done by the artillery, who fired live shells. A pontoon bridge had been erected across the Manawatu River, but was washed away as a result of Sunday's rain.
The camp was admirably arranged, but the Hospital, under the medical staff, was kept full with volunteers suffering from complaints and accident*. The camp broke up to-day, and the railway has been busy with the departing troops. OTAGO MANOEUVRES. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) GORE. Monday. The Easter manoeuvres at Mandeville proved of great instructional value, as the difficulties of the country tried the mettle of the men and the resourcefulness of the officers. Sunday's field firing, with live shells, was satisfactory, and Colonel Smyth, officer commanding the Otago district, expressed himself well pleased. To-day's evolutions were those appertaining to ax rearguard action, and the troops entrained early in the afternoon. Colonel Rabin, in the course of a few words to the officers, said: "1 think you know a great deal more than some people give you credit for, or perhaps more than you think." As far as he could see, there had been a distinct advance in the work.
Considerable dissatisfaction was expressed owing to »the commissariat supplies, ordered from Dunedin, not arriving in time. The officers in some instances purchased rations for their own use from the farmers, one squad ling eight miles for a meal.
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