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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15634, 27 October 1914
[By SKIEMISttBE. ] Items of interest concerning Carp* (Town and Country), Shooting, and Territorial notes generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to " Skirmisher," should be in hand not later than Monday morning. Acknowledgment is made of the receipt of tickets for the concert promoted by tho National Reserve in aid of their band. It is definitely announced, that all arrangement* in connection with the proposerf and military tournament, which during Christmas week, have been abandoned. Instructions have been received from general that officers of the Btwerre of Officers called up for duty in units to replace officers away with the Expeditionary Forca will bo "required to provide their own uniforms. Rifleman A. Parker, who was for many years a prominent shooting member of the Dunedin Engineers, and who was a member of the team that won the Ladies' Challenge Shield, has taken up his old sport, and thrown in his lot with the Dunedin Defence Rifle Club. It is four years or more since Rifleman Parker did any shooting, but he has proved already that his ability wifa the .303 is a& good as ever by putting on two excellent shoots during the present year. On Saturdaylast he scored 63 at two ranges, and on Monday, in the team that fired against the Kaitangata Rifle Club, he made 92, tying with the top scorer.
The next examination of non-commis-sioned officers for first appointments to commission will be held on the third Tuesday in February, 1915- At the same time, the examinations of officers for promotion wil! take phce. Names of intending candidates rnu*t be submitted to headquarters before the Ist of December. In future all- Cadets, on reaching the age of 18 years, will be immediately poet*»d to Territorial units, instead of waiting for the beginning of the year, as formerly.
The committee of the Non-coms. 5 Club have abandoned the idea for this year of holding the proposed tng-of-wai\ The decision of headquarters not to go on -with the naval and military tournament this rear was not unexpected. A representative meeting of officers held last •week decided that the present was not a Mjitable time for holding eporU of this nature, and a resolution to that effect was forwarded to headquarters in Wellington. Some unite had already teams, in trainine, but any extra work put in will do tjood. Perhaps later on in the season n local sports meeting, run under the auspices of tho Patrotie Committee, might be arranged, and he the means of securing a fair amount of money for the relief »f the poor and distressed caused by the war in Europe. The officere and non-commissioned officers of the National Reserve are taking every opportunity to make themselves fit to command the men of their different units. An instructional class, under the direction of Captain Hnssey, of the Hibernian Cadets, if? held every week, and those who attend are reaping much benefit from the instruction sained. A company is formed and marcVd outride, all officers taking a turn at drillmg the others. Mistakes are pointed out, and good practice is obtained in giving words of command mid moving with the aid of signs and whistles
The decision of the Defence "Department not to provide uniforms for those officers of the reserve who are taking tho place of officers away with the Expeditionary Force is. to my mind, most unfair. If these officers are prepared to give their time and experience in aesistinu to train eur Territorial Force, surely they should be encouraged in this work by the department. At the present time some units have all their officers away on active service, and while no new officers can he appointed to the unit concerned, they may be drawn on the reserve for officers to re•fctach themselves for the time being-. In many cases officers transferred during the volunteer days and their uniforms are very much out of date, and I think it would not -be doing too much if these officers were provided with a new uniform free.
The weather on Saturday was good for shooting, and in consequence sonic, fair scores were registered on tho Dunedin Rifle Clab'a range. Commencing' with an "all but" (34) at 300yd3. President Prondfoot made 32 at 500 yds, finishing top for the day. There were several 35's. and 31 and 30 were numerous. Next Saturday the musketry course will be continued, and it is expected that at the ;.md of the day_ every man will have finished his practices for the year. A 14-dayß* refresher course (voluntary) for" officers and N.C.O.s, Teritorials and Cadtts, will be held in November next. If the class be held in Dnnedin it will commence on the 14th pros, at the Central Battery. No pay will be allowed, but rations and lodging's will be provided.
Next Saturday the members of both the Field Company and the Signal Company of Engineers will do their musketry course on the Pelinhet Bay range. Both companies have sufficient targets to put the whole of their men through in one day. Relations and friends drawing pay or part of the pay of members of the Expeditionary Force will receive notice in regard to this matter direct from the The following dates have been selected for company or squadron training camps in lieu of ordinary evening and half-day parades : —loth North Otago Regiment, 2 platoons from November 34 to November 31 at Oamaru, and 2 platoons at Queenstown, same date. A and B Squadrons, sth (Otago) Begiment, Jess 2 troops, at Wingatui from December 5 to December 12. D Squadron, 1 troop at Hawera from December 7 to December 14. Bth Southland Regiment at Invercargill from Jarmary 9 to January 16, the battalion training of this regiment taking place at Invereargill from January 17 to January 23. A very enjovable rifle contest took place yesterday (Labor Day) between teams representing the Kaitangata and Dunedin Rifle Clubs. The match took place on the Kaitangata Club's range, and although the weather was quite against good shooting, acme Bplendid scores were made. The teams consisted of 13 men a side, the three lowest on each side being counted out, and the result of the match was a win for the Kaitangata boys by the narrow margin of 1 point. This is the first time that Kaitangata have won a match against their Dunedin friends since being merged ioto a rifle club, but previous to that the old Kaitangata Rifles, from which the pre-sent-day club was formed, had many wins to their credit against the Dunedin Rifle Club. Rifleman Jan. Smith (92) was top for the day, with Rifleman Parker (92) and Rifleman Logan (92) next. Rifleman Bryce made 91, and many other good scores resulted in the following totals : Kaitangata 854, Dunedin 853.
TERRITORIALS., Issue 15634, 27 October 1914
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