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Moat people have heard already of the prowess of Captain Wallingford, who was, and probably still is, the finest shot m the British Army. The British Army claims that he is the greatest shot m the world. A member of his company, who has come back to New Zealand with a wound which almost proved mortal, relates with pride some of Captain Wallingford's exploits. In a letter home, ' it may be remembered that this officer wrote that . after several weeks at the front that day- was. the' first**on . which he .had., not • killed a -Turk. T)iis mail left the* front on June 2t, and he claims «,tbat Captain. Wallingford's "'tally', up to that time" "with ! .| the- 'rifle va'^toe,' » leaving out of account altogether i'the ' terrible machine-gun, was over 7(X). As a marksman he is a wizard. One incident this, soldier related; "Do you see that bush there?" said Captain Wallingford one day, pointing to a harmless looking bush about 60 yards away. "Well watch it." They watched, and saw that it moved very slowly. "1 think we'll give him a chance;" said Captain Wallingford, which meant that instead of using his rifle -he' would uae ( a revolver. He drew his revolver and' fired quick as a flash. The animated bush collapsed, and the Turk that it hid rolled over quite \ dead. On another occasion Captain Wallingford played one of his practical jokes on the Turks m the opposing trenches. "I think "we'll make the beggars waste some ammunition presently, he said. Then he pass.-. ;ed tho word that when he shouted an order the company was to fire five rounds rapid, and then stop. . As the narrator tells: 'We fired our five rounds rapid m five seconds or so, and they kept on firing for an hour and a-quarter expecting us to attack. We stayed 'snug m our trench of course.' Afterwards Captain Wallingford said, 'I guess" we've got more ammunition left than they aye.' This joke was practised; "very often with good effect m the first months, but now the Turk is vinore wary, and probably ammunition is more scarce."

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CAPTAIN WALLINGFORD., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 13790, 16 September 1915

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CAPTAIN WALLINGFORD. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 13790, 16 September 1915

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