Dignitaries returning from Stewart Island on the Theresa
Ward after the vice-regal visit. From left: Mr R. A.
Anderson, chairman of the Bluff Harbour Board, Sir Joseph
Ward, His Excellency, Lord Islington and his Worship the
Mayor of Invercargill, Mr W.A. Ott. - Otago Witness,
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On Saturday at 3 p.m. the First Infantry Battalion
paraded at the Garrison Hall, and marched thence to Forbury
Park, where it is the intention of the Battalion to put in a
week under canvas.
On arrival at the park the men at once made a start erecting
the tents, and, despite the heavy wind blowing, soon had
things in excellent order.
In the evening a lecture was given by the officer commanding
to the other officers on camp duties and discipline, also on
the work to be done during the week.
Reveille was sounded at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, breakfast
being served at 7 and at 9 a.m. the battalion and the Cycle
Corps paraded for divine service, conducted by
Chaplain-captain R.E. Davies, who gave a very interesting
discourse, exhorting the soldiers to quit themselves like men
on all occasions and under any circumstances.
The battalion then put in an hour in executing different
movements in close order, and from 11.30 to 12.45 each
company went through exercises in skirmishing under the
control of its own officers.
General leave was granted on Sunday afternoon.
From this morning onwards till Friday night, when the
battalion breaks camp, reveille will be sounded at 4.30 a.m.,
work commencing at 5 a.m.; breakfast at 6.30.
Tea will be served at 6 p.m.; parade at 7.
The officers will have control of their own companies, and
the men will be exercised morning and evening in skirmishing,
fire control, and fire discipline.
After the evening parade officers commanding companies will
give short lectures to their divisions. the following is the
-Staff: Major McAra, in command; Captain Douglas, acting
adjutant; Lieut. Moncrieff, uartermaster. One sergeant-major,
one quartermaster-sergeant, one sergeant bugler.
A Company - Lieutenants Moller and Neill, 39 rank and file, -
C Company - Lieutenants Melville and Gallaway, 21 rank and
file, - total 23.
E Company - Captain Fordham, and Lieutenant Lusk; 18 rank and
file, - total 20.
F Company - Captain Price, Lieutenants Dobson and Ewen; 15
rank and file, - total 18.
G Company - Lieutenant Cushe, 30 rank and file, - total 31.
Band - 11 rank and fileGrand battalion parade - 150.
The officers and men are accommodated in 30 tents, pitched
just in front of the people's grandstand, and everything
bears a neat and clean appearance. The conduct of the men has
been most exemplary. The troops take their meals in a room
under the people's stand and the officers in the stewards'
- ODT, 25.1.1911.