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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
Items of interest concerning Corps (Town and Country), Shooting, and Territorial notes generally will be accepted. Copy , addressed to “ Skirmisher," should be in hand not later than Monday morning.
Mr G. A. Roach, who laft on Thursday to join the reinforcements at Wellington, was for many years a member of the Dunedin Engineers, and latterlyoccupied the position of quartermastersergeant.
A group Rifle Association meeting, open only to Territorials, Senior Cadets, and compulsory members of rifle clubs in the area, will be held at Gore on December 18 and 19.
The University section of the Territorials have during the past week been in training under Major Mollcr and Lieutenant M'Keefry. The first morning was spent in fully equipping the men, and in the afternoon they went through their first practices of the musketrycourse on the range. On Saturday the class firing was completed, eight men for tho marksmen’s badges. The remainder of the day was scent in squad and company drill. Monday was taken up by lectures in musketry and care of arms. An instructive lecture was also given on advance guards and outpost duty, and then practical work was carried 'out, the remainder of the day being devoted to judging distance and picking up targets. The following day extended order drill and attack practice was proceeded with until the rain compelled the practice to be abandoned. A lecture was then given in the University common room on entrenching, and practice was also given with landscape targets. Wednesday was spent in digging a trench on tho approved military plan, the trench being left open to enable anyone interested to get an idea of what it is like. The last day was spent in doing company drill and further practice in entrenching, and then tho men were dismissed after having put in an instructive and enjoyable weeks Each morning Major Moller held an instruction class for noncommissioned officers, and during the day every was given these men for getting practice in their work. Five non-coms, proceeded on Thursday to Trentham, where they will join the roinforcemonts of tho Expeditionary Force. They wore J. E. Cuthill, G. E. Pilling, E, Rybnrn, C. Bell, and F. Gilman. Last week I mentioned that the Defence had abandoned the idea of granting free railway passes to competitors at Rifle Association meetings. This was pointed out to Colonel Robin during his visit to Dunedin last week, a7 *d lam now in a position to announce that the matter has been reconsidered and that passes will be granted as usual. A meeting of the Otago Rifle Association is called for to-morrow night, when the suggestion proposed by the Southland Association of _ holding an interprovincial rifle match this year will bo considered. I think the idea of holding these matches is a good one, and I trust if a team is selected to represent Otago that employers will assist by granting leave of absence to their men. Classes of instruction for the following will be held in tho Garrison Hall each Tuesday and Friday till further notice : —(1) Officers for promotion to the rmik of captain; (2) non-commissioned officers for first appointment to a commission; (3) non-commissioned officers and men for promotion or appointment. This class will bo a substit ;te for the compulsory course required by regulation.
The following extract freon a letter received from a soldier at present in camp with the reinforcements in Wellington speaks for itself “ The men who are here are charged full train fares to Wellington, while Territorials and members of rifle clubs who come out to Trentham for pleasure shooting get free passes. It costs Is 8d each time we go in, and even then, though we hold an ordinary passenger’s ticket, they will not let us board certain trains or travel in carriages except those set apart. They cut our wages from 5s to 4s for a month, telling us we were Territorials for a month if_ though we. had signed our papers joining the Expeditionary- Force a month ago.
The 4th (Otago) Regiment and the Ko. 2 Company Field Ambulance have selected April 16 to April 24 as their dates for the annual camp of training. The site, so far, has not been selected, but 1 hear that in all probability these troops will be encamped at Matarae. Colonel Robin, 0.8., Commandant of the New Zealand Forces, who was in Dunedin last week engaged on departmental business, left town lor Christchurch on Saturday last. During the week Colonel Robin inspected the Coast Defence Company at Central Battery, the Garrison Artillery at Taiaroa Heads, and tho troopships at PorC*Chalmers. Major Maidlow and Captain Macarthur Onslow, both of whom were killed in action during the present war, were members of the Christchurch Officers’ Club.
The annual prize-firing of tho Southland Rifle Association takes place at Invercargill on Saturday and Monday, the 26th and 28th December. According to the programme submitted to headquarters for approval, the various-items should draw a good entry of visiting competitors, and, with the free railway passes that will be granted, the meeting should bo a decided success. The programme, which is based on an entry of 100 competitors, comprises nine matches, and, with range prizes, allows a distribution of over £IOO. Thera are two service matches, compulsory, and the Invercargill Match, seven shots at 509 yards, valued £l4; the Wallace Match, seven shots at 500 yards, valued £l6 17s 6d; the Awarua Match, seven shots at 600 yards, valued £l6 17s 6d; Grassruere Match, seven shots at 600 yards; and the President’s Match, which is the grand aggregate, valued at £l2, with trophy and champion cup. In addition to these matches, there is a champion teams match of eight men from any corps or club affiliated with the association. Scores made in tho Invercargill, Wallace, and Awarua matches will count, the prizes consisting of challenge trophy valued at £lO and £8 in money; second prize £5 10s. third -prize £1 10s. The following range prizes will also be given:— Two at 15s each, four at 10s each, and five at 5s each. Rifleman T. J. 8. Daniel, the hon. secretary, will receive entries for the meeting on Monday, December 22. The following are the past winners of tho champion cup, which this year will be awarded to the winner of the Grand Aggregate Match: 1907, Corporal A. R. Ayson, Murihiku Rifles; 1908, Color-sergeant Peattie, Bruce Rifles, Milton; 1909, Sergeant R, Wills, Southland Mounted Rifles; 1910, Sergeant M'Chesney, Invercargill City Guards; 1911, Color-sergeant Zvloss; 1912; Colorsergeant Moss, Bluff Guards. At the present time, when the election campaign is in full swing, it may bo wise to quote paragraph IS2 of tile general regulations for the benefit of young Territorials and Senior Cadets. The paragraph referred to reads as follows : —An officer or soldier is forbidden to institute or take part in any meetings, demonstrations, or processions for party or political purposes in barracks, quarters,, camps, or their vicinity. Under no circumstances whatever will ho attend such meetings, wherever held, in uniform.”
TERRITORIALS., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
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