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THE KING EDWARD BARRACKS

OPENED BY COLOSEL BAUCHOP: When Colonel Bauchop, the officer commanding tho Canterbury District,' decided to call a . parade of Giurison corps to open formally the hew barracks, it was anticipated that the local corps would be present in large numbers, and the result as seen last evening fully realised the anticipation. By 7.20 thero was a goodly number of volunteers in the orderly rooms, all anxious to do their phare in testing the qualities of the new shed as a drill ground. When the buglers were formed up. ond the "Markers' Call" soumled. it was quickly seen that there would Ik* large musters, as each orderly room door showed a crowd of men in uniform waiting to hear the "fall in" ami take their places in the ranks. Staff-Soi-geunt-alajor Farthing quickly had his markers in position, and then <he different rooms gave forth their streams of men in scarlet, blue, and khaki. The officials had wisely decided not to admit the public, but notwithstanding this order the o'aat' and were entrances were packed, while in the balcony of the mcbiii-ation store, which overlooks the par-ide ground, there were a number oi lady friends ot the officers. 'ihe corps were quickly drawn up in order of seniority, the X Battery, looking very soldierly in full dress, at the h-ead of' the column, btiund mem being the fingineei-s in their handsome scarlet uniforms with white helmets. Each of these corps hud large musters, and their appear.mca called forth much favouraoiy comment. Behind the lingincers was the No. 1 Infantry Battalion, under Lieutenant-Colonel Uny, V.D. 'lne companies were ranged in the* following urder:—City Guards, Cotlego J<ifles, City K:fl:s, Imperial iiifles, and Cyclists. In the cenciv or the ground was the Garrison l*and, under nieuiwiaiu i»i«.'i-««/U, while beyond it were tho cainpaines forming vie No. 2 lntanciy uaimimn, under ijieutenant-Colcnol U. J. Smith, ranged in the following order:—Sydenham mflc3, Lin wood ltitles, Civil Service Kiries, Highland littles, i Canterbury JNativo Kitles, with tlio yuee'.i'B Cadeta. At about iAo the Lvtteiton iNavals and Lyttelton I Naval*Oadeis arrived, and the toruutf ! were placet! at tlio head ot the column, tne taking up their place witti uio itatUhon. Somo sliglit preliminary drill was given the men, ami then there wa3 a pause, lollowed by a division in the crowu at tao east entrance, and the ougters sounded the "Ueneral aaluto as Colonel liaiichop and lus starf enured. Tho full staff consisted ljientenant-Colonel -■ bauchap, O.Ai.G., Lieutenant-Colonel Slater, V .D., Major Snow, Major Hobday, Captain McUee, Captain Ualtes, Lieiitenanc Smyth, and Lieutenant G. E. lthodes. After an inspection of. the different corps, during winch the Garrison Band discoursed excellent music, the companies were drawn up in closo format.oli, and Colonel Bauchop addressed them from the balcony. Hβ said he took advantage of tho parade, to welcome them in the name of tho trustees to tho new I>nll Hall, and he-hopsd they would make it a featurei not only of tiieir military'life, but of tjieir eocial life. TJie trustees hoped tnat all the traditions of the corps would be brought into tha new barracks, and be, treasured as they had been formerly. They had spent £1000 in the belief that it would benefit the force as a whole, and th*y felt sure they would get a wholehearted support. Colonel Bauchop could think of no better way of welopmirig uieni to tho new barracks than the present one, and ho hoped they would use it as their own. The following was the parade state: — Lyl'taltcn Captain Footer (full strength 93) .. .. ..54 E Battery, Oiptain Trde»vcn, I*ieutcfi«cU Duncan &nd Ste»d (lull etreugth 77) ... .. .. -■ -.59 Oaialorbuxy Engineere, Ceptain Lipulcnarits Edinger, -and LuttrcTl (full rtrenjth 91) '7. '..60 "178 No. 1 Infantry Batt«.'ion. , Sieff — Lieuiwrent-Coloncl Day, ilajcr CreaweJl, Pay and QuarterajMtcx Batcheior, Adjtrtent-Lieoieawit . Morton, Surgeon-Captain R. W. ikndereon .. .. ..'*''.'•>*.■'. & City Gtraxde, Copbain Bishop, Lieutenent . Ward (full strength 48) ... ... 41 Christ's College H.flej, Captain Biohardean, Lieutenant Marsh (lull strength 46) 87 Christchurch C.ty lUfloe, Lioulenfcht Steere (full strength 44) .. 1. 86 Imperial Bflee, Cepiain, *Jfoithw«, Lieutenant Butcher (full *tren«th. 38) .. 37 Cyc'e Corpe, Lieutenants FiiM'ie and Yqn Sierakowski (lull strength 27) ;.. Of 140 Xo. 2 Infantry' Battalion. ' Staff—Lietttsnant-CcJenel U. J. Smith and Adjutant-Captain Dreytcn .. 2 Sydenham Rifle», Captam Ha.lL Lieutenant Stevens (fu.i Btrenglh 53) > .. M. Linwond R.&us, Captain Meddings, Lieu.{ensnU King and Smith (fu.l sticnerth Civil Service R flea, Otptain Lieu- . tenant Homo tfull strength 6") .. 61 Highland Rifles, .Lieutenant Stevonaoa . (fu'4 etwngth 54) .. ... ..34 Xiifrve ißiflie, Lieutenant \Vathew (full Btrengjb 33)' .. .."'.. .. 26 f 175 Bearer Corp*, Sorgeant-llejor Finlayawn (luH streng4h 33) .. .. ..15 Lytte.l;« iXhTBI. •C»dete < Lieuten*ntMome (full etrer.«-lh 40) 28 Queen's Ctadfts, .Captain L«no (full strength ,11) .. ~ ..Iβ Gairison Band, "Lieutenant Mfrton (full strength 26) .. ~. .. 23 575 Alter inspection Colonel Bauchop preeentad Long Service Medals to the following :—Captain Foster (Lyttelton INavals), Lieu tan ant Ward (City Guards), Sfaff-Sergeant-Mejor Farthing (Both lung'.s Shropshire Infantry», Colour-Sergeant Cnrrie (Chri«t's Coli leg? Rifles;, Sergeant Blackwell (Kaiapoi RLflps), and Corporal Whitley (Kaiapoi Rifles). Before boing dusiniswd, the oomteanies marched past, led by the Lyttelton Naval Cadets, the Qtiean's Cadet.* following. Some very fine exhibitions of inarching were given. • ,

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THE KING EDWARD BARRACKS, Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12256, 27 July 1905

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THE KING EDWARD BARRACKS Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12256, 27 July 1905

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