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VOLUNTEER LONG-SERVICE MEDALLISTS. $ ANNUAL DINNER. The annual dinner of the Chester and Dis- trict Volunteer Long-Service Medallists' As- sociation was held on Saturday evening at the Masonic Hall. The President (Lieut.Colonel Charles Gamon V.D.) occupied the chair, and an unusually large gathering, numbering about sixty, included Colonel T. J. Smith, V.D., Colonel J. U. Cunningham (1st. V.B.C.R.), Lieut.-Colonel F. J. Bcnna-lie (1st C. and C. R.G.A.), Lieut. Siddans, A.S.C., Lieut. Ll. Marriott, R.N.R., the Rev. D. Herbert Pierce (chaplain (list F RE.), Captain J. Williamson, Lieut. J. Dey, V.D., amd the following- 1st C. and C.R.G.A. B.S.M. F. J. Latham, B.S.M. R. G. Gerrard, B.S.M. J. R. Bennett, Q.M.S. Charles Gillham, S.M. Wm. Williams, Sergt. W. Ectioeton. 1st Flint RE. (Vol.): O.S.M. Jno. Jones, C.S.M. J. Mountfort, Sergeant R. Edwards. Sargeaait E. Connah, Sapper F. Hughes, Sapper T. Roberts. 1st V.B.C.R. Sergoant J. Jackson, Sergeant G. Cash, Sergeant R. Matthews. 3rd Y.B. Duke of Wellington's R. O.M.S. T. H. Haswell. 2nd. V.B.C.R.: Q.M.S. F. T. Holland.. Q M.S. J. Davies, Q.M.S. G. Brookwell, Q.M.S. W. Gamon Lockwood, Col.jSergt. W. Carr, Col.- Sorgt. A. C. H. Davies, Col.-Scrgt. H. Ander- son, Col.-Sergt. G. Tilston, Col.-Sergt A. Tennyson, Col.-Sergt. D. M. Robsrte, Hospl.- Sergt. E. Myddleton, Col.-Serg"t,. W. Peel, Sergt. 0. H. Shaw, Sergt. W. Ebery, Sergt. J. Jackson, Corpl. G. H. Crawford, CoTpl. J. H. Simoock, Corporal J. Hulse, Pte. R. Evans, Sergt. J. H. Williams. Apologies for absence were received from Q.M.S. Sewiell (Llandudno), Q.M.S. T. Humphreys (Buckley), Sergt. T. Bailey (Denbigh?hiro Hussars), Oorpl Gorst (2nd V.B.C R), Colonel Sheriff Roberte, Mr. W. H. Churton, and Major Gibson (Buckley). Colonel T. J. Smith, proposing tho toast of "His Majesty's Imperial Faroes," saiid Volun- teers had been laughed at in the past, but publio opinion of them had so altered in the course of time that they were now referred to as the Imperial Foroes. Might the day soon come when, a Volunteer was regarded in the same light as a member of the regular Army. This had been gradually coming for a long time, and ho folt sure that if any scheme would work, it was the new Territorial Army scheme of Mr. Haldane. He and Colonel Bonnalie had the honour of attending one or two of the meetings in connection with that scheme, and those meetings impressed him with the idea that all thoeo present intended to do theiT beet to make the scheme a suocess. He was sure they would be supported by the ramk and file and the officers of the Volunteer corpe, and he hoped that because the exigencies of the scheme might cause a little dislocation of cer- tain unite, those unite would not take um- brage, but regard the scheme as a whole and try to make it a success. Cheshire was in the proud position of being called upon to find a brigade, and it was to be hoped that when the new corps were called forth them would be Volunteers to fill the ranks. If Nelson's maxim oould be applied to every Englishman there would never be danger of an invasion of England, ajid he hoped the day was not far distant when every able-bodied man would do his dtaty in foOme. form to the State, In Colonel Bonnalie Chester was fortunate in having a capable officer of Artillery, -whose corps was in a most flourishing condition. (Applause.) Lieut.-Colonel Bonnalie, in responding, re- ferred to the advantages of Volunteering, notably in the improvement of physique and development of character. As 001. Smith had said, the Volunteers wore for yea,re not taken seriously. Now the country was faced with the necessity of preserving a thoroughly effi- cient Volunteer Army, or of resorting to com- pulsory training. It was the opinion of ali the members of the Cheshire Association that if any scheme of forming an Army on volun- tary lines would answer, he was sure it was that odheme now being put into operation. Volunteers had now an opportunity of becom- ing a real and thoroughly important part of the British Army, and they must do all in their power to carry out the scheme. (Ap- pkujse.) Col.-Sergeant Carr proposed "The President and Vice-presidents," remarking that Colonel Gamom had in the ocurse of thirty years' ser- vice filled every grade from that. of private. The President, in responding, said the As- sociation was growing in usefulness, and he was convinocd that old Volunteers throughout the country would be encouraged by its suc- cess to form similar organisations. Q.M.S. Has well proposed "Our Guests and Musical Friends."—Colonel Cunningham, re- sponding, cocpreeeed the opinion that Mr. Haldane's scheme was the most practical that had ever been put before tho country. If it failed we would have compulsory service with- in eighteen months. Proper training in mus- ketry was easential, and it was abeurd to ex- pect a man to be an efficient shot on sixty rounds of ball cartridge served annually. Q.M.S. Brookwell, who also responded, said he was authorised on behalf of the Volunteer Ball Committee to present £ 5 to the Associa- tion's Benevolent Fund. The President, in the name of the Associa- tion, gratefully acknowledged the contribu- tion. The toast of the "Chester and District Vol- unteer Long-Service Medallists' Association" wae drunk on the proposition of the Rev. H. Pierce.—Captain Williamson, in responding, mentioned that there were 47 members present whose combined period of service amounted to 1,323 years; Lieut. Day alone having served 40 years. An enjoyable musical programme was per- formed by Mr. Loui Parry, Ma-. E. Robinson, Q.M.S. Haswell, Lieut. John Day, Corpl. J. Gortt, and B.S.M. Gerrard, Mr. R. Thomas acting as accompanist.