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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15698, 12 January 1915
[By Skikmisheb.] Items of interest concerning Corps (Town and Covn'jtv), Shooting, <?.nrf Territorial notes gen»rilty will be accepted. Copy, address** to " Skirmisher," s&iuld be in itand not later than Monday morning. The Nation! Rifle Association announce that the Imperial Challenge Shield, junior and. senior, may be lived for on any day except Sunday, between April 1 and June 50 next. Colonel Collins. C.M.U.. hie! executive officer of tho Dominion Rifle Association, has b-vn notified :hat the annual ritle meeting at TVentham is not to be. held this year. Several reasons are advanced tor not carrying out the meeting as usual, but probably the chief reason is tho want of ammunition. The- fact that lite Now Zealand Staff officers and instructors are 50 busily engaged at the present time, is alio a good reason for not going on with the meeting, and no doubt the department has many other reasons. This is t-h» second time in 56 years that it has Keen found necessary to forgo the meeting, the former instance being in 1900. when the meeting was allowed to lapse on account of the. Boer War. I have received many inquiries from men anxious to join clubs as to tho bflat way of procuring a. rifle and ammunition. At tiie present time the Defence. Department have no weapons or ammunition for sale, but there are plenty of exsuembcrs of rifle clubs who are. serving wiih the Expeditionary Force, and as these men alt had private rifles of their own. it should nor be a difficult matter to proem e one. The ammunition is different, and I cannot advise where this van '.•e procured. Although the entries for the annual meeting o: the Southland Rifle Association did not come up to expectations, a very enjoyable gathering took place on the. Gra-ssmero range during the holiday.'*. The Kiwi Club had an entry of nine, while Bruce, Kaitangata, Duuedin, and Oama.ru were also well represented. The annual jnterprorinoial match wa-s tired at the conclusion of the meeting, but owing to se.veral of tho Otago men leaving for home, and the late hour at which the match commenced, the teams were altered from 20 to 12 men a side, and only two ranges were tired instead of three-, the conditions being seven shots at SCO a.nd 600 yards. On paper the match looked a gift for Southland, and although thev registered some, good scores, they suffered defeat in the match by 10 points. Rifleman Anderson :'Kaitangata 1 . with the splendid score of 52, 54-—66. was top for the day, beating Rifleman Clayton (Kiwi) on the tie. Information is now sought as to the number of officers of the rank of major and captain who will be available, for subsequent reinforcements for th» New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the year 1915. Officers who intend to volunteer within the next 12 months should forward their applications to headquarters, stating thereon after what date they will be available. It will be necessary for .•jfficors volunteering to be medically examined immediately, and for this purpose, they will communicate with the nearest group officer. It is clearly stated in a j circular memo, on the subject that the fact of being medically examined does not j constitute a promise of appointment. I am in receipt of a. letter from one who was present during the engagement between the Australian cruiser Sydney and the Emden, and a,s the details given are most interesting, I publish tlie account, which can he taken as authentic and reliable:—Early on ?Jonday morning a wireless message was received from the Cocoa Island station saying- that a. strange cruiser was- in the vicinity flying a Japanese flag. The message was nearly -' drowned," presumably by the Fmden. However, after consultation among the "heads" by means of signals, the Sydney was sent to investigate. The Cncos Island belongs to France, and has very few of a population, although a wireless station is nlaced there. The Sydney sighted the* Emden at 9.20. and "at a .(uarter to 10 were firing. The Emden, by the way, had hoisted a dummy funnel, to make hev look like a. British cruiser with four funnels. The Sydney thought she was out of range of the Fmden. when she was surprised by a salvo going over her. A na.h'i is the technical name for a broadside, and during the fight only se.lvos were tired. Each, found the other with the third salvo. The F.mden fired !•••> fewer than 1.5C0 shells, and only appioximately 15 of them did any material damage. The Sydney tired 650 shelis. and did i. on.iiderable damage. The damage done by our bin cuna far outweighed That done by tho enemy. The hitter's guns were only 4in, and by tho time the .-hells reached the Sydney they were scent, and failed to explode. One of the ene.my's shells ga-vf a man a big fright. He was just going into a cabin when a shell poked its nose in on the opposite ■-■ He. He got such a- fright that he bolted for h's life. It. afterwards occurred to him that he could not. have had time to run if it had burst, and so he went back. ,t> find that tho shell had not exploded. Meanwhile, the Emden was getting a very bad time. Her foremast went by the board, as also did two of her funnels, and one by one her guns were, suit out of action. All the lifts for bringing up the shells from the magazine were put out of action, and the ammunition had to be carried up by the. men, and through a, burning ship. They out up a wonderful tight, and, enemies though they ho, wi> must give.them due vvedit. Early in the tight tho Fmden tired at a very fast rate, | a.- many as three salvos being in tho air at once on the way to the Sydney. To .-•ire the vessel from sinking the Krnden was Leached, and now lies a mass of : wisted iron. Thirteen members of the Port Chalmers i iarrison Artillery left Dunediu yesterday morning to join the third reinforcements of tht- Expeditionary Force. Port Chalmers has tent over 50 men to the trout, which, in proportion to the population, must be very nearly a record. The second annua! prize firing competitions, open only to Territorials over the age of 21 years and Senior Cadets in area group XTl'f. (which extends from Abbotsford to Waitati). were carried out during the Christmas holidays. The entries were short of last year's numbers by nearly 20, and the department will have to consider the advisability of holding this meeting on dates more suitable if it wishes to attract large entries from our young soldiers. Ten competitors qualified to >hoot for the championship, wlth-h was wnn bv Sergeant Johnston, 4th Regiment, with an aggregate of 205 points. Cadet 1.. Ritchie" (0.8.H.5.) being the runnerup with a score of 197. The meeting was well conducted, and had the entries been better it would have been most successful. mm _ tmmm^mmmmmmmmm
TERRITORIALS., Issue 15698, 12 January 1915
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