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Penmaenmawr Territorials.


Penmaenmawr Territorials. DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES. SPEECH BY THE GENERAL. Saturday was a red-letter day in the annals of the Penmaenmawr Company of the 6th Batt., R W. Fusiliers, when General Lloyo, C.B., commanding the Welsh Division of Territorial forces and staff, attended the annual distribution of prizes. At 5.30, the Company was entertained to dinner in the Drill Hall by the officers. The Hall had been very prettily decorated for the occasion by Sergt. Instructor Cox, vith bunting, etc., kindly lent by Mr Hughes. Capt. H. T. Jenkins presided, and he was supported by Lieut. Cemlyn Jones, the Rev Griffith Matthews, B.A., Mr W. D. Jones, and other townspeople. Full justice was done to the excellent fare provided by Mr and Mrs R. Morris, Regent House, and, after the usual, cup of coffee and cigar, Capt. Jenkins said this had been a most successful year in the annals of the Com- pany. which, he was glad to say, kept up its strength, and, although they were not full strength, what was lacking in numbers was made up in quality (applause). They would all agree that the camp was a most suc- cessful one. Ouf of 105 men, they took to camp 102, and that was not done by-any other Company in the Battalion. For the first time in the experience of the Battalion, they took part in manoeuvres on a very large scale, and their strength, intelligence anH power of endurance, was taxed to the fullest extent. They all came out of it very well, and arrived back in camp as fresh as paint. He did not think they would ever forget the night on Machynlleth Bridge (cheers). That was something for them to remember as long as they lived. There had been a great improvement in the class firing, but it was hardly to be expected for them to repeat their performance at the Battalion shoot at Conway, the reason being, not because of any falling off in the shooting, but because of the great improvement in the shooting of the other Companies (hear, hear). The speaker referred to the fact that next year was to be a very important one in the history of the Battalion, with the Coronation of the King, and the investiture at Carnarvon, of the young Prince of Wales and, no doubt, the Battalion would take part in both functions. He considered that if the young men of Penmaenmawr wished to mark the new year in any special way, they could do so best by joinging the "F" Company (applause). He urged the members of the Company to nrevail upon the young men, many of whom had nothing to do in the evenings but loaf about the streets and smoke cigarettes. Both morally and physically, it would be better for them to attend the Drill Hall to learn a little discipline. Concluding, he apologised for the absence of Colonel and Lieut. Darbi- shire, and he wished to express his indebted- ness to his brother officers for the help ren- dered him during the year, and more particularly to Col. Sergt. Inst. Cox, to whom it was due in a great measure that the "F" Company was one of the best in the Battalion (applause). He was so enthusiastic and energetic about all he did, that he made everyone else of the same frame of mind. He also thanked the sergeants of the Com- pany, who had worked like bricks. He wished them all a bright and happy Christ- mas, and a prospeious New Year (applause). Col. Sergt. Chantrey proposed a cordial vote of thanks to Capt. Jenkins and the officers. for the excellent treat provided the Company that evening. Three hearty cheers were given the Capt., and a further cheer was given Mrs Jenkins. A very interesting presentation was made to Capt. Jenkins by Lieut. Cemlyn Jones, on behalf of the non-commissioned officers and men, on the occasion of his marriage. The gift took the form of a beautiful silver inkstand, with the following inscription, Co., 6th Batt., R. W.F., presented by the N.C.O. s. and men of the Penmaenmawr Company, to Capt. T. H. Jenkins, on the occasion of his marriage, as a mark of esteem. October 12. 1010." In making the presentation, Lieut. Cemlyn Jones said he made the presentation with the greatest pleasure, andp-aid a high tribute to the qualities of Capt. Jenkins. 'In response, Capt. Jenkins said that his wife and himself appreciated their kindness v^r>" much, and more especially because of the good wishes sent with the present. They would always look upon it as one of their greatest treasures, because it represented to him the good fellowship and the kind comradeship that had always exist be- tween the members of the Company and himself The Rev Griffith Matthews was delighted to be present, and said that, as long as he was invited, so long would be attend if possible. It was quite true that the Com- pany was an excellent one, and he for one would be very glad to see the young men of the parish joining. Personally, he did not know of anything better for young men physically, and he was going to say morally, than to -become a member of a Commnv 'iV<> that one. He was delated to see the"men, 110111 the kindness of their heart, presenting Dr Jenkins with a token on the occasion of his doing the best thing a bachelor could do (applause). His wife had a name before it was changed, that would be cherished while Wales would be Wales, while there were men who loved the Welsh nation for the sake of her illustrious father, the late Dean of Bangor (applause). Mr W. D. Jones also spoke a few words of encouragement to the Company, and, re- ferring to conscription, said that he could not help but feel anything that savours compulsion was wrong. It was possible to be as brave and heroic by living for one's country as well as by dying for it, and he 1 Vested the members of that Company ld do all they could to live for their "-tr;, and the echo of the vow would go V down to posterity. He wished them all the compliments of the season. Capt. Jenkins, on behalf of those present, extended a cordial vote of thanks to Mr and Mrs Morris for the excellent way they had provided for them, and also included the charming young ladies who had waited so attentively upon them. Three hearty cheers were given Mr and Mrs Morris, and the young ladies. THE PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. ADDRESS BY THE GENERAL. Later in the evening, ttie prize distribution took place in the Oxford Hall, which was packed to overflowing. Among those present were General Lloyd, C.B., Col. Dunn (com- manding the North Wales Brigade), and the staff officers, Col. Darbishire, Maior John- son, Capt. J. R. IN-illiaiiis, and Lieut. Cem- lyn Jones. Capt. II. T. Jenkins presided. The programme opened with a fine render- ing of the "Crusaders," by the Male Voice Choir, under the baton of Mr Christmas Jones, followed by Mr Morris singing, "Unwaith eto yn Nghymru anwyl." The topical duett, '"Territorials and footballers'' by Lc. Sergt E. II. Evans and Pte. W. E. Jones, brought down the house. A physical drill by a party of Territorials, under Col. Sergt. Inst. Cox, was excellently done. Mrs Herbert Jenkins then distributed the prizes. Before doing so, she said she was proud to belong to a Territorial, and especial- ly "F" Company. She felt that "F" Com- pany must stand for friends, and again it meant so many things when speaking of a soldier, fearlessness, and no funking, faith- fulness to duty, f airplay to everyone, fortunate in shooting, and lastly, it stood for C, the first Company and the foremost (hear, hear). Speaking in Welsh, Mrs Jenkins thanked them for their kind reception, and added that a Welshman always made a good soldier, and, if he was a good soldier, they could rest assured that he was a good man. Mrs Jenkins then distributed the prizes as follows Class A.—Open to N.C.O.'s and men who made over 60 in standard test: 1st. Serat. H. Roberts, 6s and pair boots from Morton's 2nd, Sergt. R. Williams, 5s 6d and (10s) goods from Co-foperative Stores 3rd, Sergt. J. F. Carren, 4s 6d and lamp from Mr Will Thomas 4th, Pte. T. Hughes, 4s and silver salt-cellar from Mr Thomas, house agent; and eight other prizes. Class B.—Who made less than 60 in stand- ard test -i st, Pte. Edward Williams, 5s and five cwt coal from Mr Roberts, coal merchant; 2nd, Pte. W. O. Roberts, 4s 6d and vases from Mr Bartle; 3rd, Pte. R. Edwards, 4s and leg of mutton from Mr J. M. Jones; 4th, Pte. W. V. Williams, 3s and muffler from Mr Pritchard, and eight other prizes. Recruits Class.-ist, Pte. H. Edwards, silver cup, presented by Mrs Johnson, Post House 2nd, Pte. G. j. Brooks, 4s and medal presented by Mr F. Williams; 3rd, Pte. Jas. Coulter, 4s 4th, Pte. G. R. Hughes, 35 6d 5th, Pte. O. Griffiths, 35. Special prize at 200 yards, Corp. G. Chan- trey special prize at 500 yards, Sergt. H. Roberts. Skirmishing and Field Firing Competi- tion:—No. 2 Section, Sergt. D. Roberts, cup and jCii presented by the late Mrs Knee- shaw; 2nd, No. i Section, Sergt. Hughes, £ 1 2s 6d. Section Drilling Competition, won by No. 3 Section, Sergt. Coverley, cup and f2 5s, presented by Capt. Williams (Ardre). Snap Shooting, won by No. 2 Section, Sergt. D. Roberts, cup and ZI 2S. Subscribers competition, won bv Mr W. O. Davies, silver match-box. The usual wooden spoons were won by Pte. A. L. Hughes and Mr J. J. Jones. The following is a list of subscribers H. Col. Darbishire, £5; Mrs Herbert Jenkins, £ 2; Major Johnson, Zi is Miss Turner, ,Ci Miss Lees, Glan y Coed, Ci Mrs Cem- lyn Jones, Zi Mrs Milnes, 10s 6d; Mr Jones, Lk.n, 5s; Mr Williams, butcher, 4s Mr W. D. Jones, 3s Mr P. McClement, as 6d; Mr Jones, Stanaway, 2s Mrs Williams, Bank Buildings, 2s. The following subscribed prizes in kind The Co-operative Stores Messrs Smith and Sons Mr Will Thomas, Messrs Mortons, Mr Thomas (house agent), Mr R. D. Jones, Mr R. D. Owen, Messrs T. T. Roberts, Mr R. C. Evans, Mr W. O. Davies, Mrs H. M. Jones, Mr Hughes (chemist), Mr Bartle, Mr Hugh Hughes, Mr Gordon Jones, Mr Hamp- stead, Mr J. M. Jones, Mr S. H. Roberts, Mr Parry Jones, Mr Pritchard, Mrs Cliffe, Mr Lissenden. Miss Laurence, Miss Littler, Mr Foulkes (grocer), Mr J. J. Jones, Mr D. Jones (green-grooer), Mr R. J. Lewis, Mr Morris, Mr Edward Jones (green-grocer), Mr Foyne, Mr Roberts (coal merchant), Mr Humphrey Owen, Mr R. Lloyd Jones. General Lloyd, at the opening of his re- marks, thanked Mrs'Jenkins for giving away Z, the prizes, and he felt sure that under her leadership the "F." Company would be likely to be one of if not the best in the Territorial Army. He did not wonder that such enthusiasm prevailed there for the Territorials when they were led and he spoke with gratefulness—by his friend, and one of the best commanding officers in the Welsh Division, Col. Darbishire (applause). It was a great loss to the British Army he did not follow the profession he once thought of, for he soon would have been at the top of The tree. He was there to speak on be- half of the Territorial Army. The principal defence of this country was the Navy, and they must keep up a strong and as efficient a navy as they had now. He did not think, however, that a Navy was suffiClent to pre- vent the invasion of these shores, because the greater part of it was required in other parts of the Empire to protect their foreign possessions, and see that their mercantile marine was not attacked. Although the regular Army was small, he feared no con- tradiction when he said that it was as highly trained as any Army of the great nations. The speaker dealt in figures extensively, and added that the Territorial Force at present was not sufficient in numbers to repel any invasion by a highly trained force. He was strongly of opinion that it must be a volun- tary army, and he wished that all other parts of the Empire were as enthusiastic as Penmaenmawr. He was thankful that some of the Territorials were making great pro- gress. He believed the 6th Battalion R. W. Jusiliei's to be one as good as any in the Welsh Division, and, therefore, irv the Terri. torial Army (hear, hear). But it was not perfect. No amateur could be as good as a regular, because he had not the time to give to it. He was thankful to find the ladies and gentlemen of Penmaenmawr encourag- ing shooting, and they as the staff of the Army were deeply grateful. The exhibition of drill given that evening was certainly of a high class. The strength of the nation lay in the hearts of the young men, and he ap- pealed to the civilian portion to help, be- cause it was they who really made up the numbers by sending their brothers and cousins to join. He thanked them again for the interest they took (applause). The programme was gone through, the Male Voice Choir giving a selection. Pte. W. E. Jones sang a comic song, and Mr Morris also gave another song. The entertainment was brought to a close with the usual thanks, and the singing of the Welsh and English National Anthems. Miss M. V. McClement and Lance Sergi. II. Jones were the accompanists.

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