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OFFICERS TRAINING AT HOME

GENERAL DAVIES'S APPOINTMENT. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) LONDON, 6th February. Brigadier-General R. H. Davies, C.8., will in October of this year complete his term as Commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade at Aldershot, and already his successor in the command is named. It is stated, on the authority of The ' Times, that Major-General J. L. Keir, C.8., now in command of the South Midland Territorial Division, will succeed General Davies. General Keir is 57 years pi age, and entered the Royal Artillery in 1876. He served in. the Boer War, and tor four ydars commanded the Allahabad Brigade in India. Another of these appointments is very interesting. To 'the Jst Infantry Brigade Major-General Sir William R. Robertson is nominated. General Robertson, who is at present Director of Military, Training, and is in charge of tho Staff College at Camberley, is altogether a remarkable soldier. He rose from the ranks after serving twelve years as a non-commissioned soldier, and, overcoming all obstacles, he has forged ahead until he now occupies one of the first posts in the Army. He has seen much active servicey'and has held important posts, including that of Assistant Director of Military Operations at the War Office. The next appointment of General Davies will be looked forward to with considerable interest. As his present appointment terminates about a year before that of General Godley in New Zealand there is naturally some speculation as to whether the New Zealand officer will be offered the position of G.O.C. in his own country. RELIEFS FOR NEW ZEALAND. Captain C. M. Gibbon (Ist Royal Irish Fusiliers) and Captain C. R. Macdonald (Ist Warwickshires), who are proceeding to New Zealand in April, are to succeed Captain Cochrane (D.M.O ) at headquarters and Captain Pinwell (G. 5.0., Palmerston North) respectively. Captain Gibbon was on the staff throughout the South African war, and wa-s afterwards signalling officer to a column. He was at Colen6o, Tugela Heights, Pieters Hill, and the relief of Ladysmith, besides important actions in Transvaal and Cape Colony. He is married. Captain Macdonald's service in the Boer war was not quite so comprehensive, but he also went through the campaigns against the Zakka Khels and Molmunds on the North- West Frontier of India. He passed the Staff College at Quetta, and Captain Gibbon that at Camberley. Two New Zealand officers have graduated at the Staff College, Camberley, this month, namely, Major G. S. Richardson, who has t.aken up Colonel Robin's .appointment at the War Office, and Major M. M. Gardner, R.N.Z.A. Major Gardner is now attached to the Ordnance Department at Aldershot for experience. H<* will probably go out in October. The officers admitted to the Staff College for the new term are Cap-ta-ins R. 0. Chusney, R.N.Z.A., Melvill, N.Z.S.C., and R. B. Smythe, R.N.Z.A. Lieutenant W. W. A. Burn, N.Z.S.C., after spending some time getting a preliminary experience of aviation at Hendon, hae now gone to the central flying school at Salisbury Plain, in. order to qualify for an Army pilot's iftrti'ficate. Lieutenants Turner and Davis aro going through their gunnery course at Shoeburyness, and they will attend the practice camps at Salisbury Plain before leaving for the Dominion, probably in the autumn.

When anything fails to fulfil its obligations, it invariably causes inconvenience to something or somebody. Last evening the patent gas plant at the Petone Railway Station positively refused to give forth light, and, despite- a good deal of coaxing, it remained stubborn. Naturally, the officials at the station wore placed in an awkwafd' position, for, whether in darkness or in_ gaslight, it was essential that operations should proceed. Consequently, candles had to be requisitioned, and . in * this way the traffic was dealt with, much to the amusement of those not directly affected by the unforeseen occurrence. Tho organ iv Kent-terrace Church, Wellington, has recently been 'fenovated by Mr. Arthur A. Hobday, the wellknown organ builder, -and extra stops added. Mr. Hobday has also repaired the organ in St. Mary's, Boulcott-street, and brushed and revoiced the pipes, with excellent results. The renovated instrument will be used for the first time at the services to-morrow. Mr. Hobday is now building a t\v;o manual tubular pneumatic organ for a well-known musician in Wellington, and has just •v.ened a contract to supply a larger inpt.riiniont of the sama description for the Methodist Church, Masterton, by November, 1914. The men's meeting nl Uie V.M.C.A. to-morrow, uf 4 p.m.. is to be adrtrPSßPtl by the Rev. \V. IT. If pi ton on "The Piobleiio of Mhsion.iri""." Very complete arrnngYMiients have been made* by* Hie roinmiUeo for (he sports mecfincr to bu hold ni the Lower Unit Rooi-pnlion Ground on Tuesday ne\t (Si. Pal rick's Day). Thr Pipe Band has been engngjed, while over eighty nominal ions have been rfecpivod for the handirai> event 1 !. Special arrangements have been made in regard to rhe catering, and luncheon and afternoon leu will be procurable on (he grounds. Members of the liult and Petone branches of the society aro requested to ussftnble al. tho rtulwiiy BUtiuu, Lowcv- Hull, on thn nrrivul of the 10 ♦rain from Wellington.) ,autJ march with, the bead to the jrroundß. „

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OFFICERS TRAINING AT HOME, Evening Post, Volume LXXXVII, Issue 62, 14 March 1914

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OFFICERS TRAINING AT HOME Evening Post, Volume LXXXVII, Issue 62, 14 March 1914

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