Infantry returning to camp at Matarae after drill. - Otago
The cadet parade at Dunedin yesterday for inspection by
General Sir Ian Hamilton, Inspector-general of Overseas Forces,
was carried out under the luckiest auspices. Rain threatened
all the morning, but it was a fortunate circumstance for
everybody that it held off.
The Oval was very wet, with pools of water here and there.
The public evinced the greatest interest in the display.
No holiday was observed, but the crowd numbered several
thousands and was most enthusiastic.
The General was accorded a hearty welcome. Enclosures had
been formed for members of Parliament, the chairmen of public
bodies, the reserve of officers, retired officers, veterans,
ex-contingenters, ex-volunteers, honorary Territorials; and
The arrangements were planned by Captain Hickey, Officer in
Command of Area Group XIII, and worked very satisfactorily.
The parade was in charge of Major Dodds, who was assisted by
Sergeant-major Catto, Lieutenant Glendining, and other
Shortly before 10 o'clock General Hamilton arrived, and was
received with a general salute. He was accompanied by
Brigadier-general Ellison, and Major Ashmore, R. A. (military
secretary), and was received at the entrance by the Hon. J.
Allen (Minister of Defence), General Godley, and Colonel
He at once set about an inspection of the companies, which
were drawn up in battalion in the centre of the ground.
The General said some words of encouragement to the National
Reserve (under Lieutenant-colonel Stoneham) and the Nursing
Corps (under Miss Hooper), and on returning to the enclosure
prepared for him his attention was drawn to the veterans, to
whom he spoke for a few minutes respecting their medals.
The weather was beautiful yesterday on the occasion of the
first visit of General Ian Hamilton to the camp at Matarae.
The men were out early and the early morning was spent in
tidying up the lines.
It was not necessary that any extra pains should be taken,
since the lines are always kept neat and clean.
At the usual time the mounted rifles brigade and the infantry
went out to their usual work, both being engaged in the
regimental practice of going into action on the hills to the
east of the camp.
There was no ostentation or ceremony whatever about General
He simply dismounted from the train, was introduced to those
members of the divisional staff whom he had not met
previously and was then provided with a horse and conducted
to lunch at the brigade headquarters.
After lunch he was introduced to Mr John Roberts, C. M. G.,
who had driven over from Gladbrook. - ODT, 29.4.1914.
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