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TERRITORIALS.

[By Skirmisher.] Items of interest concerning Corps (Town and Country), Shooting, and Territorial note* generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to "Skirmisher," should be in hand not later than Monday morning. Captain A. Macarthur Onslow, whose death is reported to have taken place. during the battle of Ypres. was for some time stationed in Christchureh as mounted instructor. He acted as secretary for the military tournament held in Christchurch two year-) ago. Major A. R. Falconer has been appointed Premier Medical Official for the Otuijo Military District with tho rank of lieutenant-colonel. The following appointments in the Olago military district appear in the latest issue of the* 'New Zealand Gazette':—l2th (Otngo) Mounted Rifles: 2nd Lieutenants G. R. Mitchell and T.. A. Scott promoted to rank of lieutenant; New Zealand Railway Battalions: Lieutenant C. (I. Hedge to the staff officer to the director of railway Transport during the absence of Captain I'. St. John Keenan, with the Expeditionary Force; 4th (Otago) Regi ment: Lieutenant R. H. Nicolson transferred to the unattached list (b); Bth (Southland) Regiment : 2nd Lieutenants T. IV Hartley, C. E. Butcher, E. M. Gabites, appointments confirmed; 14th (South Otago) Regiment: Lieutenant M. .1. Morrison transferred to the unattached list (b).

A number of vacancies in the New Zealand Staff Corps have occurred through members being attached to the Expeditionary Force for service abroad, and applications were received from Territorial officers and non-commissioned officers in each 'military district who were willing to temporarily fill the vacancies. A course of instruction was held, and at .tho close

an examination took place with the result that the following have received temporary appointments in Otago:—Major O. if. Moller in charge of area 45 Dunedin, Vicecaptain Eraser appointed Group Commander. Captain Shand in charge of area 46, Vice-captain Bruce Hny. Lieutenant Christian in charge of area 49, headquarters at 'Bluff. Liouteiiaut Bracks in charge of area 52. Ranfurly. Lieutenant Ben's in charge of area 55, Mosgiel. Lieutenant Bell in charge of area 56, Gore. Vice-captain Banks, appointed Group Commander Group 16. and Lieutenant S. George to be adjutant and quartermaster 4ih (Otago) Regiment. .Southland riflemen are again anxious for an interpro. match with Otagu this year, and have written to the Otago Riflo .Association suggesting that Monday, Decani int 23, be set aside for this purpose. For many reasons ;m iuUuniovincial rifle mutch has never found much favor with ehootiug men. It is difficult to get leave for 20 men. and the fact that the match wutil.l be. tired in conjunction with a prize itvi ling precludes any chance of coaching. J'.-MJ-jiially, I would like to wo interpro-vu.-vd matches arranged, and I think the iiet'emo Department might encourage tlies-e contests by granting free railway p;u--i-e«. There tdiould )*> more honor in s-, r.ring a ulace in a rifle team than in a ivjotbull match, awl 1 hope, the matter will bo favorably consideied when tho executive of the"()U','o Rifle Association. n:,ct.

Captain Melville is jiot < ontcnt._ with ordinary company drill for the training of his company of the National Bceervo, and is anxious that the members should take an interest in" rifle shooting. Kach Saturday afternoon and evening the members put in an hour or two on the miniature range, with scute i;o-)d result*. On Saturday last a team from, this company fired a match against a team from the Divisional Signal Corps, which resulted in a draw, both eides .-coring the tame number of points. It is hoped, in the cottr.se o{ a few days, to get some praaico. with the .303 tut" a full-sized range, and aua-nge-i meni.s ate bein- made with the Hi.trl* School (..'adcu for the use of their ritles.i Tills is the kind of work that is goiiis to keep National .I!c c crve lo the front, and oMe-r company roriimanderel would do well to follow Captain Melville'ij load. ... J

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It is doiinitiMv anuoiinrci. .n*. Ie . Tiual prize tiii:ig"of the*. Dominion Rille Association -will be he'd as usual daring tinpresent uuiiUivy yea:-. N'o dale has been arranged, but-"likely ii will be h«-!<| in tlie- last week in February. On several occasion.", when payim.; A visit to the Garrison. Hall of an evening; I liavo notieed the lack of and especially i» tin's noticeable when the upper hal! has been let for concert ojj other purpose. I Ino night last wo<-k t taw three comianies jammed in diffeiem parti, of tlie lm.-viiK"il, each endeavoring !•> do, the be»t with the space available. Due company liad epara erected, and wore getting' instruction in knotting' and lashing, While, another company were piaetising flag signalling over the heads of the kuotters and lashers. In another corner a company was getting theoretical .instruction in iome subject, a/id upstairs the officers and N.1',0. -f the National Ke-sen-o ww listening to a lecture. We all know that a new building i* in course <>! erection for trie accommodation of our Territorials, !>"'- «t ««■" : ' l ' mn fIR *lh.l*swhen we require all the uaiumg possible and until the new buildmj i.- veauy. 1 think the Garrison Hall (/ommiteo liiigrit j refrain from letting the, building «« "'■virions when it is inquired, for drill purpose. On fine nights infantry companies can go, into the street for practice, but technical units find this quite impossible as they | must have light to do their work , lhe final winding up «>{ the attairs <» I the old Uwwdin Naval Artillery liar, resulted i i„ a sum of money being battled over to | ihe Dunedin Hospital. Including.the sunnily wlridi the Government will allow, | there will b-~ sufficient funds to turiiudi a. cot which will i>e known ah the " Dumxliu Naval Artillciv Cot." The art union which is being promoted for the beneht of •t.h« widow of an ex-member will lie drawn, for certain, early next month. the following instructions m regaia -to the annual allowance of ammunition have \A*n received from headquarters, \Vellington —"Thosa Territorials firm? the lull innskctrv course will recive 100 round* free issue of ammunition per man, but, „„,» firing practices. 1. 2. 3. and 4 only. will receive 40 rounds ;k>i- man, and. benior Cadets 50 rounds. Senior Cadets, therefore, who cannot m-eiv-e more than o,) rounds, can necessarily lire only lour practice*. Rifle clubs will receive 100 rounds per man, provided they fire tlw piv.cnbod course, of imi.-ketry laid down for rile, clubs, otherwise no ammunition will lie issued. The annual shooting match between representing the presort member.* j;nd the ex-members nf the Otago Boys - High School will bo fired at I'elichet Bay on Show Day. Ranges 200 and 500 yards, seeen shots and one nighter at each range. An aKicle puWished in the latent edition, of the 'Weekly Press.' and written by that great advocate of ritto-ehooting " Buli's-e-ye," should be read and studied by everyone who lin* the defence of Ids country at heart. No one but can agree that shooting U our beat defenoe, and the suggestions put forth by the writer mentioned aw well worthy of consideration by our prominent citizens. After referring to the. want of i-singe accommodation and _ the necessity of the Defence Department, issuing rifle-* for members of rifle ..lube, he .-ay*;: " It is within the power of the municipalities of New Zealand to step in and -.-how that- they realise the true essence of defence. This < an ln\ib Ik- done by the holding of public meetings iu every city, town, and bviough of New Zealand to j urge the formation of title clubs, the fee*, to whidi should be merely nominal. Let ! each club hm limited to 100 members, a | municipality having na many clubs a« they ran raise mernhere. Tn faret, eve.ry male should be induced to become a morudct, and oven ladies' clubs might h* formed, for vine shooting is an ideal sport for men And. women." This is no child'* suggestion, and in a time like this I hope some of our influential citizens will tnko the matter up and back up our Wend "BuU'a-eye," There, i* little doubt about the matter, and unless those, who have the power to arrange these matters stir themselves and shake up our latent < needles the time is coming whun New Zealand will 1«jcI th* want of an efficient dft&uwlinnj

foroo. In conclusion of a etronc arjpiincnt in f.ivor of ii(!*' :is <i n<i.tio!i,'i! <|)o'l. •' Biill'.s-<'\ p " ruiiviiifOj? us of the ii'Ulli i/f his argument liy ((noting the f'dlou'hu:: "To-day Switzerland ha* mado rille shooting her national .-'port, rvf-rv man is ;i- rifle tdioi. ;md the value of I his is --''on \\'h<Mi jnjjiht.y Honna-ny, with her million*, does 1101. dnro invade Switzerland. i>i:c of '.ho smalirM nomitnr-K m I'lirnpp."

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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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TERRITORIALS. Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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