THE NATIONAL RESERVE.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —I am a member of the National Reserve, and am not at all satisfied with the treatment accorded to that body by the Government and the defence authorities. We are a large body of men (some 2,000 in Otago], who have volunteered our services on the tacit invitation of the defence authorities, and wo are entitled at least to bo courteously told whether our services are now required or not. There is a very definite feeling amongst many of the men that the defence authorities do not want to accept the responsibility of our training and organisation, with the consequent cost for equipment, etc., but they do not wish to definitely say so. They would avoid hurting our feelings by letting the movement fizzle cut of its own accord. Possibly they believe we have joined on a wave of patriotism, and that the wave is sure in time to recede, and we drop out of the movement in consequence. At any rate, it is quite clear to us that the Government are doing nothing in anyway to encourage enrolment or to facilitate our obtaining equipment. Some of the companies have been able to borrow a few rifles from cadet corps, but mostly our drill consists of marching, forming fours and two-deep, etc. We have been nearly three months at this, and now we are told by Colonel Stoneham that we are shortly to disband until February, and thereafter the parades will be weekly, fortnightly, or otherwise as circumstances may then determine. I think, sir, this looks like a quiet exeunt, doesn’t' it?— I am, etc.. Disgusted. October 17.
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THE NATIONAL RESERVE., Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
THE NATIONAL RESERVE. Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
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