Wearing military overcoats in mufti an offence

Officers of the 14th South Otago Regiment in camp. - Otago Witness, 18.4.1917.
Officers of the 14th South Otago Regiment in camp. - Otago Witness, 18.4.1917.
The wearing of military overcoats by soldiers or ex-soldiers when in mufti is an offence under the Defence Act, and the authorities have decided to enforce the regulations in this respect (says the Dominion). Discharged soldiers, members of the Territorial Force, and Senior Cadets are informed in General Orders that their military overcoats must not be worn without uniform.

The military and civil police are being instructed to take proceedings against offenders. The removal of the military buttons does not alter the position.

Discharged members of the Expeditionary Force are allowed to retain their uniforms, including the overcoats, but they must not wear them except under military orders. Some of the men have expressed a wish to have the overcoats dyed, so as to make them available for general use, but this is not permissible.

The returned men should keep their uniforms intact, in any case, since they may wish to wear them later at ceremonial parades. New Zealand will see big parades when the war medals are presented after the declaration of peace.

•The Australians who fought on Gallipoli were permitted the special distinction of wearing the letter ''A'' (for Anzac) on the shoulder strap, but no such provision had been made for the New Zealand men.

Such a state of things was most unjust. The reason we were in the background was that the High Command and the Government did not keep our men in the foreground.

The British public was not allowed by Mr Andrew Fisher, General Birdwood, or the Agents-general of Australia to forget what the Australians did at Gallipoli, but one never heard a word in London about what our men did at Anzac Cove or Suvla Bay. Our Defence Department might well see that our Gallipoli veterans had the right to wear a special mark.

•Some big fish are said to have been caught in the Pomahaka, near Conical Hills bridge lately, and it is surmised that the quinnat salmon may have reached the clear water (says the Tapanui Courier).

A visiting angler, fishing in the Kelso Gorge last week, saw a fish that he estimated would scale up to 20lb.

•The Tapanui Courier says that two ex Tapanui school pupils of the eighties are making history. We allude to a boy and a girl named Saunders.

The girl (now Mrs Sam Aitchison, formerly of Heriot), has raised a family of 18 children, all of whom are promising to be good citizens. The boy has made his pile in North Western Canada by lucky land deals.

- ODT, 20.4.1912.


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