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TERRITORIALS.

[By Skibmishkb.]

Items of interest concerning Corps (Town and Country), Shooting, and Territorial notes generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to " Skirmisher," stould be in hand not later than Monday morning.

Captain D. B. Shand, N.Z.S. Corps, has been appointed secretary for the naval and military sports meeting to be held in Dunedin during Christmas week. The following is a speciman copy of the circular sent to men volunteering for service with the first reinforcements of the Expeditionary Force: "Having been accepted for the first reinforcements yon are 'ierebv directed to parade at the Garrison Hall "at 7.15 a.m. on Tuesday, 20th October, to proceed with the first express :rain from Dunedin en route to Trentham. In the event of your serving in tho Tentorial Force at present, and in possession ;>f uniform, you will parade in uniform, «ith hat and"cap. and will hand in to the corps vou belong to all other equipment and arms. If not already serving you will oarade in plain clothes." No blankets or other kit need be taken; everything will be supplied iu Trentham camp." The musketry course for units in Dunedin commenced on Saturday week, when the membei« of tho Dunedin Rifle Club fired the practices necessary to qualify for their annual allowance of ammunition. Despite the bad weather, some good scores were made, 14 members gaining marksmen's badges. A meeting of officers commanding units was held during the week, when the following allocation of targets for the remainder of the season was made:—October 24—A, B, aiul_ C Companies, 4th Regiment: October 31—No. 2 Company Field "Engineers and Signal Company; November 7 and 14—Coast Defence Detachment; November 21—5 th Regiment; November 28—B Battery, Field Artillery. Units will have the right to use the range on evenings of the week following the dates given. Casuals from all units will fire on Wednesday. November 4. The annual meeting of the Otago Rifle Association will be held in the Garrison Hall to-morrow night week, when the annual report and balance-sheet for the past year will be presented. The prize meeting held at Faster time resulted in a slight loss, not from a decrease in the number of entries, but from a reduction in the amount of the Government grant. This year only £l2 10s was received from the Government, as compared with £SO received the year previous. The chief items iu the balance-sheet are : Total entries, £lO2 10s; donations and Government grant bringing the amount of money received to £l2B 15s. The expenditure shows prize money to the value of £93 2s, marker's fees £27, and sundry expenses which bring the total up to £l3B 15s, showing a loss of £lO. which must bo considered very satisfactory. This year the competition for the Ladies' Challenge Shield was revived and drew an entry of nine teams, the Dunedin Rifle Club's team proving the winners. Members of the association will be asked to consider the advisability of holding the next prize meeting at Christmas time, which it has been suggested would be a good time in view of the fact that many visiting Territorials will be in Dunedin competing at the naval and military tournament. The medical examination of recruits for the reinforcements of the Expeditionary Force will be conducted by medical officers at unit or group headquarters, and will be carried out at any convenient time prior to the date at which drafts must leave in order to reach the central camp at Trentham on the day notified by headquarters. As recruits will be armed, equipped, and attested after arrival in the Trentham camp, personal records will rnily be entered up at unit or group headquarters to the extent of particulars of the medical examination on the back of the Expeditionary Force form 2. The form will be filled in in duplicate, and the number of the group in which the recruit is examined, as well as the number allotted to him. will be entered in pencil ■on the top of tho sheet. Men subject to fits of any kind will not be accepted for service in the Expeditionary Force. The complete medical certificates will be sent on to the camp hi charge of the senior man accompanying the draft. They will be handed to the camp commandant, who will take the necessary steps to have the men attested and all the forms comprising the personal records correctly filled in and completed. The splendid muster of the National Re-.-erve and the steady bearing of the men as they inarched through tho street on Thursday last reflects great credit on the rmthusTar-jri of old volunteers and others who have joined this new organisation. Had the night been tine, we could have expected to see a much larger attendance of members, but perhaps that opportunity will be given us before the Reserve close down their parades for the year. The new band, which consists of all tried musicians, made a great showing, and no doubt when they htive secured more scores :>f marches they will be a good military band. The band were present at the patriotic demonstration on Saturday last, and rendered a- number of selections which drew forth well-merited rounds of applause from the assembled public. The first interrifle club competition will take place on Monday next lLabor Day), when teams representing the Dunedin and Kaitangata Clubs will try conclusions. The match will be tired at Kaitangata, the Dunedin team being selected from the following: Riflemen Gillou, Mackay, Mackie, Logan, Potter, Dippie, M'Natty, Keenan. Pemberton. Tonkin. Moss, Bradlev, ITaitv, Hunt, and M'Kenzie.

When the Defence Department depicted that an animal military tournament should be held it was arranged that each 'of the four centres would take a turn of malum? arrangements and running it in their own districts, free passes on the railway being granted to competitors from other district-. The first tournament was held in f'hrutchurch two years ago. and last year the Auckland people had it. This year was Dunediu's turn, but unfortunately the war in Europe has been the means of depleting all units of a number of men and :l lot of equipment. The extra training necessary tu brim; teams up to competition standard will do a vast amount of good so far as the training of our Territorials is concerned, and it is to be hoped that officers commanding; units will make a special effort, to make tho tournament here a success. The want of equipment will no doubt be a severe handicap, but probably the different events will lie altered to suit present conditions. T expect to see a lauge entry from Canterbury, epeciallv for the rifle and firing exercise-. and no doubt nil of the technical branches of the forces will enter for the competitions set aside for them. It is intended to run a boxing tournament in connection with the meeting, and as there are a large number of boxing men in the ranks of the Territorials T expect to see record entries l-oceived for the various classes. A strong rommiUee lias been appointed to carry out the tournament, and if the genera! public support the venture as they should do we can hope to see a successful gathering. From letters received by friends of the members of the Expeditionary Force and the rumors that are going round the town we can almost believe that our volunteers for active service have left New Zealand. It is necessary, of course, at such a time to observe a certain amount of secrecy in regard to the movements of our troops. Meanv;hile, preparations are being made to get ready the first reinforcements, which ronsist of 20 per cent, of the whole »{ the Expeditionary Force. Every month afterwards reinforcements to the number of 5 per cent, will be taken, and men who hare an idea of volunteering for service iu the reinforcements should do so early. Sergeant-major Catto is acting as recruiting officer, and from him all information can be obtained.

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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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TERRITORIALS. Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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