The Regiment, March 26th 1898

4 iS THE REGIMENT. March 26, u SqS. OTES. <Ii>(I\ c V T 1 9 The Increase of the Army. The raising of the six new battalions of infantry is not going to involve the establishment of new regiments. The new batta­lions will beadded, two each to their existing regimen ts, which will thus become regiments of four battalions, like the Rille Brigade and the King’s Royal Rifles, or 60th Rifles. The regiments now to be doubled are the Royal Fusiliers, or City of London Regiment, whose depot is at Hounslow the East Surrey Regiment, whose depot is at Kingston-on- Thames and either the King’s Liverpool Regiment, or the South Lancashire Regiment, which both have their depots at Warrington. It will thus appear that the six new battalions will be raised from the three best recruiting coun­ties, namely, Middlesex, Surrey,and Lancashire. The Royal Military Tournament. This year's Royal Military Tournament, which is to last from May 19th to June 2nd, promises in some respects to improve upon its predecessors in point of attractiveness. The pageant entitled “Shoulder to Shoulder” will bring into greater prominence than hitherto at the Agricultural Hall the merits of our “first line of defence,” and commemorate the leading occasions 011 which the sister services have fought side by side. For this purpose four incidents have been selected—the capture of Cadiz (1596) by a combined force of British sailors and soldiers, under the Earl of Essex, Lord Howard of Ethngham, Sir Walter Raleigh, and other Elizabethan heroes the capture of Gibraltar (1704) by a combined naval and military force, when the Royal Marines distinguished themselves by their conspicuous gallantry the Battle of Alexandria (1801), when a similar force under Sir Ralph Abercrombie defeated the French and compelled Napoleon to relax his hold 011 our “Key to the East and the Battle of El-Tcb, when a naval brigade, in conjunction with a force of Highlanders, withstood the rush of Osman Digma’s ferocious Hadendowas. Rejoining the Colours. The Army reservists who have rejoined the colours are said to have fallen into their placcs very satisfactorily. In almost all cases they have expressed themselves most thankful to those in authority who have been instrumental in getting the old regulation relaxed. Doubtless the majority of the men who have returned to the ranks have done so because they have experienced difficulty in procuring employment, abut large number have gone back from a love of soldiering. These men will abe great acquisition. Army reservists, on rejoining the colours, are being clothed as recruits, except that they do not receive the blue serge suit in regiments where that suit is regulation as a first issue. The tunics, &c.,are not withheld, and the clothing issued on rejoining will count for wear from the anniversaries of enlistment succeeding the dates of rejoining, when the soldiers will be credited with compensation for extra wear, calculated for the time the articles have been in use. In the case of anon­ commissioned officer, the officer commanding the unit which the non-commissioned officer rejoins is called upon to decide whether he is to retain his rank. Militia Subalterns and “Regular|’’ Commissions. O x e hundred and twenty commissions in •*the Regular Army will be offered at the next competitive examination to Militia subalterns. This is, perhaps, the largest number that has ever been offered to the Militia atone examination, and it will ado good deal towards making that force more popular throughout the country. The vacancies areas follows :—Fifteen for Cavalry, ten for Artillery, five in the Foot Guards, and ninety in the Infantry. If an equal number of candidates for com­missions in the Militia are not forthcoming it will greatly reduce the number of subalterns in the Militia, who are already too few in number. But I think we need have no fear in that matter, for, as a rule, we have more young gentlemen waiting for commissions than there are vacancies. The great demand for candidates is probably caused by our losses on the North-West Frontier, and the number of officers required for service in West Africa and Egypt* How to Encourage Volunteer Shooting. The Lord Mayor of London has offered a challenge cup or trophy to be fired for by the teams of Volunteers who compete in the Field Practice Association matches—-an offer which has been accepted by the Duke of Connaught, who is president of the association. It is a grand idea to encourage this kind of rifle shooting, which should naturally follow the instruction and practice of shooting at the rifle butts 011 ordinary ranges. The Lord Mayor would also be glad if others followed his idea, and so show the Volunteers that the time and trouble they give to make themselves efficient is appreciated by the country. Changes in Cavalry Organization. Inc e s ants changes seem to bethe rule in uur Army, which undoubtedly give foreign critics (in addition to those at home) a reason for saying we have no system. The establish­ment of cavalry regiments at home is to be altered, although it is only about a year since a v \rm new organisation was introduced. The first eight regiments 011 the roster for foreign service are to have thirtv-two more horses added, thus making up the number to 491 each bnt nothing is said about the number of officers and men, which, probably, will remain at 6y6. All the remainder of the cavalry regi- mentsat homeare to be kept at an establishment of 578 officers and men and 337 horses. This includes the last regiment returning from foreign service, which was placed on a yet lower establishment for one year, and then gradually increased to the second establishment above described. every Militia battalion shouTcl Jn. These W a tc he* brigaded in camp for the purposes 'oW tion. The 4th Battalion Devonshire Regiment has not hitherto enjoyed the advantages of the new system this year it is intended that it should do so. The 4th Battalion Devonshire Regiment. E tex eris the latest place which is meta­phorically “up in arms” against the War Office. For reasons that will be obvious to those versed in matters military, the 4th Batta­lion Devonshire Regiment is to undergo its annual training away from the cathedral city this year. This has much upset the local chamber of commerce, who have appealed to the mayor to memorialise the War Office to let the gallant militiamen stop with their friends and admirers. But, alas, there is no help for it the War Office decision must be enforced. It is in every sense praiseworthy on the part of the citizens of the Devonshire city that they should evince so much interest in their local regiment, and their friendly feeling to the soldier will nowhere be more thoroughly appreciated than at the War Office. But there are such things as the “exigencies of the Service,” and these render it necessary that The Aldershot Army Rifle Meeting W e regret to have to announce that the Duke of Connaught and the executive officers, after careful consideration, have decided to abandon the Army Rifle Meeting at Aldershot, owing to want of general support from the army and the kick of the necessary funds to keep the institution afloat. This step has, of course, been taken with sincere regret, but to compensate in some measure, the Aldershot District Rifle Meeting is to be made as com­prehensive as possible, special open events being provided. ARMY WORKING GUILD. Instituted in Commemoration o f Her M ajesty's Long Reign. Patronesses. —The Lady Gertrude Astley- Corbett, Lady Seymour, Lady Arbuthnot, Lady Brackenbury, Lady Gipps, Lady Stirling. The object o f the Guild is to collect articles of clothing for distribution amongst discharged soldier*, and to assist ftiuse who are seeking employment by supplying them with suitable wearing apparel. Tne Guild is open to all our readers o f either sex. The articles collected by the Guild will be forwarded by the President to various branches of the National Rnr.doymeut Association for Discharged Soldiers, M en’s Help Society, and othci Military Chaiiiic-*. The following articles are suggesled for workers:— Flannel, flannelette, and o r ton shirts, vests, knitted waistcoats, evening clothes suitable for waiters, socks, comforters, jerseys, gloves, mittens, coat-, trousers, bo its, caps, collars, &c. Those who wish to become members should apply to the Lady President or the Secretary, 2, Somhampton-street, Strand, W.C. {See Editorial). WELL-KNOWN S0L3IERS.—No. 45. i \ 7 COLO NELL U GAR D,C .R.,D .S.O .Colo nelL u card ,C.B .S.O.,D .,served with the r>th Fool in the Afghan War of 1879*80, and was pretent at the engagement at Saidsthad (medal). Served th**in Soudan Campaign in 18B5 with the Indian Transport (medal with clasp and Khedive's Star'. Served with the Burmese Expedi ions in 1886-37 (mentioned in despatches, .S.OD .,and medal with clasp).
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