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TERRITORIALS.

IBy SsmMisHEß.] item* of interest concerning Corps (Town pnd Country), Shooting, and Territorial notes generally will be accepted. Copy, addressed to "Skirmisher," siould be in ?tand net later than Monday morning.

Lord Kitchener was bom on June 15, 1850. This is in reply to a correspondent .rho asks for information on the subject. The Divisional Signal Company will relume their parades next Monday. This company have lately received some new rquipment, -which will materially assist in their training. . An excellent performance was put up last Monday afternoon on the rifle range, Whan a number of men from A and B Companies, 4th (Otago) Regiment, were put through their annual musketry course. Corporal P. W. Miller, of B Company, In the four instructional practices obtained a, total of 76 points out of a possible 80. Proceeding to the standard tests (grouping, snap-shooting, and 10 shots rapid at EOGyds, and slow practice at 500yda) ho put" together a total of 96 points out of a possible of 105. The merit of this performance is increased by tho fact that Corporal Miller had not previously fired vut of the rifle he used on this occasion. The following promotions to the rank Df corporal have been made in B Company, 4th. (Otago) Regiment :—W. BisFaad, L. J. Bisland, B. Drake. J. J. Doudle, H. S. Fraor, AY. A. Holdaway, A. G. Hunt, J. W. V. Miller, S. A. Miller, and R. W. Ranger. The following dates and sites have been selected for unit encampments in the Otago military district : —April 10 to 22, sth Regiment (Otazo Hussars), at Winfatni; March 5 to 22, B and C Batteries. 'ield Artillery, at Hampden: March 12 to 20, No. 2* Company Field Engineers, at Mertonj April 16 to 24, 4th "(Otago) ■Regiment, No. 2 Company's Field Ambulance and the Divisional' Signal Corps, at Matarae; April 18 to May 1, 10th (North Otago) Regiment, at Oa'maru, and 14th (South Otago) Regiment, at Milton. Now that it has been definitely decided not to hold the annual Dominion Rifle Association meeting this year perhaps Wne extra consideration will be given to local associations. One of the chief reasons for abandoning the big meeting is the shortage of ammunition, and when v?a consider for n moment the amount of ammunition used at this meeting we can readily understand that the department is doing a wise thing in holding off for a year or more. At the same time, we must not lose sight of the fact that our Territorials and rifle club men require to keep up their practice with the rifle, and it the department could see their way clear to allow units to purphase a certain amount o[ ammunition It would be a move in the right direction. The programme of the Otago Rifle Association, although not published, has been Arranged and the dates (Easter) decided upon. Unless shooting zrcexi -can "be sure ftf getting ammunition they are not going to enter for the meeting. I hope the department will allow the purchase of ammunition, otherwise our soldiers' training with the rifle will have to go. The following officers will sit for examination for promotion at the halfjrearly examination to be held in February next : —Lieutenant J. L. Herbert, 12th (Mounted) Rifles.: Lieutenant G. F. M'Kellar, No. 2 Company Garrison Artillery; Lieutenant J. Dow, No. 2 Company New Zealand Engineers; Major YV. E. M'Lean, Ist Battalion 4th Regiment: Captain D. Jolly, Lieutenants P. M'Ken*ie and J. M'Kenzie, 10th (North Otago) Regiment; and, at Invercargill, Major W. Orowther, Captain E. A. Nichol, Captain J. A. Cushen, and Lieutenant p. W. N. Bannerman, Bth (Southland) Regiment; Lieutenant O. Duff, unattached list. Those who were fortunate enough to witness the marching of the Territorials through the town on Saturday afternoon could not but have been pleased at the jto&nner in which the men marched and conducted themselves. Although some *Vera not fully equipped, there was a Amart and soldierly appearance about the *Hrn out that suggested a decided imErovement on that "which has sometimes een noticeable in thev past. The pretence of the Regimental Band no doubt helped to smarten things up a little. Fifty nine competitors entered for the pore Rifle Association annual meeting, k number which so far exceeded the expectations of the committee that they lidded j£B to the prize money. The championship was won by Color-sergeant H. Moss "(Bluff),. who shot consistently throughout. In addition to the standing target matches, there were three service inat-ches, including a judging distance competition, and these were "secured as follows :—Attack match, three unknown distances. Brown (Milton); rapid match, oOOyds, Brown (Milton); and judging distance, T. Moir (Milton). Moir" secured S7 points out of a possible 35 at the five distances— a really good performance. The service aggregate resulted :—Brown (Milton) 52, Moir (Milton) 50, Stevens (Clinton) 44, Clayton (Kiwi) 42, Maekav (iywi) 41, Crawford (Gore) 41. A whole dav parade of A and IS Companies (4th Otago Regiment) was held last Saturday afternoon. The men mustered at the" Garrison Hall at 2.15 p.m., knd, headed by the Regimental Band, Wier Lieutenant S. George, marched via George and Union streets~to the Pelichct pay range, when the members of the J>and, along with those of A and B Companies .who had not completed their musketry, were taken on tho range by Lieutenants Rigby and M'lnnes and put through the remaining practices of the course. The rest of the men, after receiving a lecture on protection when, on the march and when'at rest, jff as an _ advance guard to a battalion knd practised over the ground between J?elicnet Bay and Bavensbourne, afterWards receiving practical instruction on outpost duties. When on the hills overlooking the Peninsula Lieutenant M'Keof'ry instructed the men in judging distance and the picking up of targets. 'Afterwards they were marched back to jhe range, and on reaching the fire trench Constructed by the University section of the 4th Regiment the men 'received instruction as to how to start and complete the work. During the afternoon, Besides completing their musketry course, fclle members of the band were practised jbl stretcher drill. The companies, headed fcy the band, were marched back to the garrison Hall, arriving there a few minutes |>ast 8 o'clock, all seeming well teleasea. with their afternoon's "work. There was ft total muster of 137 of all ranks, a parade whieh_ is considered distinctly good when taking into consideration lhafc a considerable number belonging; to these companies have completed the training that is required of them for tho vear "with the exception of the annual camp. Before dismissing tho men Major Molfer thanked Lieutenant George and hia band for playing tho men to and tram tl>* range.

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TERRITORIALS., Issue 15704, 19 January 1915

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TERRITORIALS. Issue 15704, 19 January 1915

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