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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15671, 9 December 1914
[By SKiiunsmcß.} Items of interest concerning Corn (Town and Country), Shooting, and Territorial notes generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to "Skirmisher," si mild be in hand not later than Monday morning. The following notices appear in the latest issue of the 'Gazette': —Corps of New Zealand Engineers: Company Ser-geant-major W. S M'Crorie to be second lieutenant fTom November 2, 1914. 4th (Otago) Regiment: Lieutenant J. £?. Reed to be captain, vice Wolstenholme. promoted. Bth (Southland) Regiment: Second Lieutenants T. D. Hartley. C. E. Butcher, and E M. Gabites to be lieutenant.?. The members of the sth (Otago) Mounted Rifles (Otago Hussars) went into ramp at Wingatui on Saturday last. This is not the annual training camp, but simply a. camp held in lieu of daylight parades. The men did not take their horses with them into camp, the time being .biefly devoted to musketry practice. The council meeting of the Otago Rifle Association, held last Wednesday, to consider the proposal to send a team to Invercargill at Christmas time to Ere a match against Southland, was well attended, .'t was decided to accept the challenge : ssned by the .Southern Association, leaving the details of the match to be arranged by a sub-committee. I expect to see a large"number of competitors from this district, present at the Southland prize meeting, which commences on Boxing Day, and continues o:>. Monday, the 28th. The interprovuicial match will be fired on the afternoon of the latter day. The 4th (Otago) Regiment will hold a daylight parade next Saturday, each company mustering separately under their own* company officers. Evening drills during December will be by companies, and will be of three hours* duration. The rifle range will be open on Saturday, the 12th and 19th December, for practice for the group rifle meeting on December 26. Practices will count towards the annual musketry course. All training will bo suspended from 21st December, 1924, to 3th January, 1915. both days inclusive. Lieutenant J. H. Grnner, well known in Port Chalmers, has been granted the Temporary rank of captain while employed as an adjutant. Dated July 25, 1914. The programme of the annual rifle meeting to be held in Dunedin on Boxing Dav, and open only to Territorials under 21 years of age on "March 31. 1911. the general training section, and Senior Cadets within Group NTH., h:>.s been issued. Prizes to the* valuo or" £SO will be distributed, the entrance fee very small. Match 1 is five rounds, ICOyds, and five rounds at 2Goyds. grouping and How aractice. Match 2: Snap-shootincr and rapid fire at 2Coyds. Match 3: At 300 yds, siow firing and snap-shooting. Mntch 4: Rapid at 300yd3. Match 5: Slow, at 500 yds. Match ' 6 is the championship, open to the fifth of the competition in Matches 1 to 5, and will be fired at 500 yds. The honorary Territorials have presented i valuable cup. to be held for one year by the winner of first prize in the championship, medals being awarded for the two highest scorers in each class. In addition to the matches mentioned, there will be a judging distance competition and a consolation match, open to those who have not won more than 2s 6d. Rifles to be used as issued by Defenco Department, but slings will not be allowed. The executive reserve the power to handicap in Senior Cadet 3* matches. A certain number of the members of the third reinforcements, who are at present in camp, are there for a special training as non-commissioned officers. Thesemen were formerly N.C.O.s in the Volunteer davs. and if they show any aptitude will receive stripes when the reinfofeemKnts take tbrir place with the Expeditionary Force. I have received a letter from a "member of this force, which contains some interesting information. The writer says: "We had a. good run up from Dunedin. and found ourselves out here on Friday last. The boys I came up with are fine" fellows, mostly young, yet very smart, and will. 1 feel sure, make | good non-coms. As you know, we are j i:p here for special training, and have ! already made a start on it. We are drilled along with the men from Auck- j land and Gisborne, and opened on elementary stuff. We aro expecting moro men shortly, so that in about a weok we should be "about a- hundred strong. We have reveille at 5.30 a.m.. parade at 6.30 for physical drill, breakfast at 7.30 parade at 9. three hours' drill, and then dinner, parade 2 p.m. tor another three hours, and then leave for the remainder of the day. The arrangements here are firsttla'ss, far and away ahead of any camp I have been in; so good, in fact, that last weok, so the report goes, there was a, preat commotion through a fly being found in the cookhouse. We have, coffee at 6 a.m.. stew for breakfast, besides porridge, tea, and bread, butter, and jam: lunch—tea, and bread, butter, jam. and cheese; dinner—roast mutton or beef iwell cooked), cabbage, potatoes, bread, etc., with an occasional pudding. With such good food and the physical exercises and the openair life., we are all looking and feeling jjrand." _ _ j ■Second Lieutenants T. W. Wilkes. R. ft. Purdy, W A. Burn (Otago). and E. Purdon, ' musketry instructor, have all been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Information has been received from the Army Council of tho British Army that j thevhave no objection to warrant officers] and" N.C.O.s of the British Regular Army on loan to the New Zealand Government competing for commissions in the New Zealand Staff Corps. Good progress is being made with the erection of the new drill hall at Kensington, the contractors being quite confident of finishing well within the contract time. The building when finished will be a substantial structure, and every facility for training purposes will be offered. Adjacent to the hall is some vacant, ground, where various exercises may be performed on fine nights. Everyone is looking forward to tho opening, for at the present time the accommodation provided at the Garrison Hall is not nearly sufficient for present requirements. Members of the Territorial units are busy every Wednesday and Saturday firing their musketry course. An effort is being made to have the whole of the class firing finished before the Christmas holidays, and if this is accomplished tho range will be available for field firing and company competitions when the various companies resume work.
The Dominion liiHe Association's meeting will be held as usual at Trentham during the present season. No actual dates have been fixed, but according to Colonel Collins, CM.CI., ohief executive officer of the association, the programme will be the same as la3t year. At the present time the reinforcements are camped on the Scddon and Somerville ranges, but it is expected that towards the end of February or commencement of March to have the range vacant, and if so the meeting will be held about that time. Tho following candidates in Otayo district passed the last examination for first appointments to commissions : —7th [Southland) Mounted Rifles—Sergeant•naior J. A. Cameron, Sergeants F. M'lntosh, J. Macdonald. E. S. M'lntyre, T. Hargest, P. Mackav. W. J. Preston, j. Millard. 12th (Otago) Mounted Eifles -Corporal W. Moncur. Bth (Southland) Regiment—Color-sergeant A. W. Clapp, Sergeants N. Hall. J. E. Watson, E. Selby, M. Fraaer, H. A. Scott, Corporals A. E- C. Smart and. W. F. Tracey; unattached list (b) Sergeants A. K. Douglas, L. H. Marshall. A. D. Moore. 10th (North Otago) Regiment—Color-sergeant D. Walls, Sergeant T. A. Clark. sth Mounted Rifles (Otago Hussars) —Corporal H. Preston. 14th (South Otago) 'Regiment— Color-sergeants G. M'Curdy and W. M. K. Dougall. Sergeants J. Fleming, D. Sutherland, G. Gourlay, R. C. Parata, and Corporal R. G. Watson. 12th (Southland) Mounted Rifles—Ser-§eant-major S. B. Patterson. 10th (North Itago) Regiment—Corporal T. Fitzpatack. 4th (Otago) Regiment—Sergeants 3. Mulholland, 5. 11. Allan, T. Gillman, 3. S. Gardin, H. A. Searle, Sergeantnajora H. V. Tregear and J. J. Kerneaan, Sergeants M. J. White and L. R. Austin. New Zealand Engineers—Ser-geant-major M. Crane, and Corporal E. J. Black; unattached list (a) Color-ser-geants S. G. Scoular, R. H. Dick, Muntt», and Sergeant J. L. Scoular.
TERRITORIALS., Issue 15671, 9 December 1914
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