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ARTILLERY INSPECTION AT CHESTER.…

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ARTILLERY INSPECTION AT CHESTER. ♦ The annual inspection of the headquarter battery and company of the 1st Cheshire and Carnarvonshire Volunteer Artillery took place on Saturday in the Castle yard, the inspecting officer being Col. Dunnage, R.A., C.R.A., N.W.D., who was accompanied by his A.D.C., Lieut. and Adjutant Long, R.A., and Col. H. T. Brown, V.D. (colonel commanding the corps.) The battery and company marched, headed by their band, from the Drill Hall to the Castle yard, where they paraded under the command of Capt. R. Stewart Wood, the other officers present being Captains F. B. Mason and F. J. Bonnalie, Lieuts. F. H. Lloyd and R. G. Jayne, the chaplain (the Rev. J. F. Howson), and Quartermaster and Major F. Fountain. The battery, drawn up in column of sub-divisions and the company in line at open order, received the inspecting officer with a general salute, and was then minutely inspected. Colonel Dunnage said the men had turned out very smart and clean; he noticed a great improvement in the uniforms which were clean and well fitted. At this point, Captain Wood was ordered by the inspecting officer to march with the guns, which were ready outside the Castle gates, to Eaton Park, No. 2 company under Captain F. B. Mason,then being inspected. They were put through company movements and the march past, Lieutenant Lloyd subsequently drilling them in the manual and firing exercises. Colonel Dunnage expressed himself highly pleased with the performance of the company, saying the turn out was remarkably smart. He afterwards inspected the magazine, store houses and gun sheds at the Castle, where all the stores, &c., belonging to the position battery are housed. Meanwhile, the position battery were at work in a field in Eaton Park, kindly lent by the Duke of Westminster. The battery was divided into a right and a left half with two guns each, the plan being to throw up epaulements—ditches three feet wide and two feet deep—along the front and flanks of the half batteries, with shelter trenches for the safety of the detachments. Colonel Dunnage who arrived with Colonel H. T. Brown, while the men were busily engaged at the work, afterwards addressed the men. He said the work he had seen was most creditable, and the kind they would be called upon to do in active service. He was pleased to see them do it so well. The battery was well horsed-he bad never seen better horses anywhere-and they were ex- cellently turned out, this showing the interest the drivers took in their part of the work of the battery. There was not a more efficient position battery in the whole of the North Western District, and he would have much pleasure in making a favourable report upon the battery and its work. He congratulated Col. Brown upon commanding such a battery. Colonel Dunnage subsequently presented B.S.M. R ft Shaw with a Inner snrvicA medal at", the request of Col. Brown. Lieut. Long, the umpire in the drill and general smartness competition, expressed his difficulty in saying which was the best half battery, but after going into detail he awarded the prize (which was given by the officers) to the right half battery, who came out top by one point only. There were 200 officers and men, including signallers, cyclists, and the ambulance corps on parade.

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