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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
[By SKEOMisHKa.] Items of interest concerning Corps (Totcn end Country), Shooting, and Territorial notes generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to "Skirmisher," should be in hand not later than Monday morning. Railway warrants for all shooting except the approved annual course of musketry and the Dominion Rifle Association must he paid out of the amount allotted to each group or rifle association for all members uf tho Forces —i.e., Territorials, rifle clubs, Cadets, and the general training section (compulsory members of rifle clubs), and in fair proportion to tho numbers of each. It must bo clearly understood that only this amount of money is available for the purpose, and that demands for railway passes which cannot bo met from it cannot bo entertained. Warrants issued for this purpose must bo specially mar.tcd against the allotment. The sum of £SO has been allotted in area 13 (Dunedin) for competition in rifle practices which is only open to Territorials. ■Senior Cadets, and compulsory members of rifle dabs. The meeting will, in all probability, be held during tho Christmas holidays. _ A meeting of tho council of the Otago Rifle Association will be held to-morrow night week to consider the suggestion _of lidding an inlerprovincial riflo match with Southland.
A regimental tour for senior of the Territorial Force will be held at Now Tear in tho district between Palmerston and Oamaru.
The appointment of Second Lieutenant A, C. Flnlayson of the 12th (Otago) Mounted Rifles has been confirmed. Lieutenant H. C. Mackenzie has been transferred from tho unattached list (hj) to the Bth (Southland) Regiment. The programme as submitted and also the dates lor the annual prize-firing competition (Easter) of tho Otago Rifle Association have been approved by General Headquarters. The following copy of Headquarters letter is published for general information: "With reference to correspondence from rifle clubs recently referred to Headquarters it would appear that clubs are not generally aware that the sale of rifles or ammunition to them cannot bo permitted during the present juncture, and that there appears to bo some misunderstanding by the clubs about rifles and ammunition being available now. Owing to the exigencies of the present situation no rifles can be issued on payment, nor can any ammunition except tho allowance (100 rounds per man) be issued. When the department is able to resume the issue of rifles and ammunition to rifle clubs on payment tho fact will be duly made public, bat it is hoped clubs will recognise, without farther question, that the department cannot provide for any demands in the above respect at present." Tho following team have been selected to represent the ex-members in the annual shooting match present v. ex-members of tho Otago Boys’ High School, which will take place at Pelichet Bay on Show Day: —Colonel E. R. Smith, V.D., Captain Proudfoot, Messrs Mills, Reynolds, G. -Marshall, L. C. Finlay, J. B. Stout, and Bannennan.
Headquarters are asking for the names of gentlemen willing to accept commissions in a New Zealand motor launch section, it being understood that those submitting their npmes are prepared to provide launches suitable to requirements. Tho names of officers appointed in the Motor Launch Reserve will appear in the Army List nnder the heading of “ Motor launch section of the Motor Reserve Corps." Lieutenant-colonel J. E. Watson, officer commanding the Bth (Southland) Regiment, has found it necessary, on account of illhealth, to resign his command, and has made application to be placed on the reserve of officers. Major fr, Mitchell is therefore promoted to the vacant position, hut during his temporary absence from tho Dominion with the Expeditionary Forcp Major W. Crowther (Orepuki) will assume temporary command of the regi1 Captain W. Jolly will assume temporary command of the 10th (North Otago) Regiment, and Lieutenant-colonel A. E. Stewart 1s recalled from tho reserve of officers to assume temporary command of tho 14th (South Otago) Regiment during the absence of the present officers commanding who are serving with the Expeditionary Force. Officers commanding units are asked to supply dates for their annual camps of training. _ It has been decided that unit camps will be held this year, so that it rests with officers commanding to select their own dates and localities. A number of regiments have already selected January, but I think in most cases tho autumn months will be most popular, as the weather at that time of the year is generally more settled.
"the general parade of the National Reserve on the Oval last Thursday gave the public some idea what a few months of training can do when the men are willing to learn. True, the ranks contained u large number of ex-volunteers, but there are also a number of men who have never previously done any drill, and the good showing they made reflects groat credit on those responsible for the training. The muster was not quite so largo as I expected to see, and I hope all members will take advantage of the Instruction offered. and assist in making this organisation a well-trained force. There are at present nearly 3,000 enrolled members, and Otago easily takes the lead in this matter, no other centre having nearly that number of members. Colonel A. W. Eobin, C.8., C.M.G., T.D., who arrived in Dunedin this afternoon, will remain in town for a few days. One of the many difficulties the recruiting officer has to put up with: Four brothers residing in Park terrace, South Dunedin. volunteered for service in the Expeditionary Force, and two have already passed the medical officer as fit, the other two being warned to present themselves for medical examination. So far, nothing else has been heard of them, and notices sent to the address have been ignored. Rumor has it that one sergeant-major of the Defence Force who has decided to proceed with the reinforcements of the Expeditionary Force is very anxious to emulate tome of the deeds done by the Indian troops at the front, and with this object In new has already got the armorer-ser-geant to sharpen np his sword. The decision of the Defence Department not to issue free railway passes in future to Territorials and rifle clubs for Rifle Association meetings is hardly a wise one, considering the fact that rifle practice is so necessary in the training of our Defence Force*. Under the present circumstances it behoves the Defence Department to encourage rifle shooting as much us possible, and they should afford facilities tor men to get in as much practice as they can. Since the inauguration of the Territorial system of training the cost to the department for railway passes must have been very small. The country has, no doubt, been put to considerable expense on account of the war. but it is hardly a wise policy to adopt by retrenching when the training o! our Forces is concerned. This Is not the first time that the Defence authorities have tried to save expense to the department, and I quote two other cases that have come nnder my notice: At the tommenoement of the Territorial scheme it Was announced that officers who had served in the volunteer force were not to receive anything In the way of an outfit grant, but> that a certain-sum would be paid to all new officers to enable them to buy uni* form and equipment. This was quite unfair to the old volunteer, who had in many cases put in years of training, and who, !l he wished to he clothed the same as the younger officer*, bad to buy a new uniform at his own expense. Later an order was issued that officers on the reserve of officers who Were taking the place of officers away with the Expeditionary Force would hive to purchase their own uniform if thof desired td assist in the training of the TrihftdriAlt; A splendid inducement, surety, for old officers to take up this work*
TERRITORIALS., Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
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