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TOWYN VOLUNTEERS. A SUCCESSFUL GATHERING. A short time ago it was decided by the local members of the above Volunteer battalion to do away with the usual arnual smoking concert and hold a supper instead. Judging by Friday even- ing's entertainment at the Corbett Arms Hotel the innovation was a great success. The Volunteers were present in good numbers, though civilians were conspicuous by their absence. The proceed- ings were highly interesting. The chair was to have been taken by Lieut J M Howell, but in his absence it was filled by Col Sergt-Inst Lichfield. An excellent repast bad been provided by Host and Hostess Latimer to which, it is needless to state, full justice was done. After the tables had been cleared, cigarettes and tobacco were distributed, and an impromptu smoker held. Before this the loyal toast of King, Queen and Royal Family was proposed by Sergt-Inst Lichfield in a brief but felicitous speech, and was drunk with the greatest heartiness. The Officers of the Company" (Captain Kirkby and Lieut Howell) was next proposed by Col-Sergt J C Edwards, who stated that Capt Kirkby would be leaving for the Cape on the 23rd inst which it was hoped would enable him to recover more rapidly (hear, hear). Every member of the com- pany, he was sure, would wish him God-speed and a rapid recovery from his long and painful illness (cheers).-The toast was enthusiastically honoured, all rising and singing For they are jolly good fellows," after which the heartiest cheers were accorded. The Chairman then called upon Pte Ben Jones, v who first of all made a brief speech, expressing his strong conviction that the Volunteer movement did not get the support which it deserved in the town, and maintained that patriotism was at a rather low ebb. He referred to the absence of any of the townspeople there that evening (hear, hear), Which to a certain extent proved what he said. He did not wish to create unpleasantness, but he thought he was doing quite right in calling atten- tion to it. If they wanted anything done, beyond shouting Rule Britannia" (laughter) they were advised not to apply in the town (shame), and although there were notable exceptions, they were very much in the minority (hear, hear). They had to thank the Volunteers that the old flag was kept flying, and as time went on they would have to rely still more upon them, so that the least they could do would be to support them (cheers). He was then called upon to sing a comic song, "The baby's name," which was sung in his own innimi- table style, and caused roars of laughter.—The next item was a comic song by Pte D J Williams I'm a very handy man," which took well, all joining heartily in the chorus, after which Pte Evans sang the Golden slipper." The old favourite The British navy" was next rendered by Mr David Roberts, in capital style. Pte Parry was then called upon to tecite "Napoleon's farewell to his troops," which created much amusement. He afterwards sang I'll be your sweetheart" very tastefully. Pte S Davies was responsible for the next item, which was a comic -song called "I'll push him through the window," and it went well. A step dance by hon member R L Francis and Pte D T Williams followed, after which the accompanist Mr Tom Hughes, was vocifeiously called for. He sang Postponed," and was warmly encored, reply- ing with "By and bye." Sergt-Inst ] Lichfield then proceeded to read extracts from the new regulations, which have already been published. Continuing, he said the "F" Company was the strongest in the battalion at the present time. The total enrolled strength for last year (ending October 31st) was 131, of which 126 were efficient, leaving five non- efficients. This included the Aberdovey detach- ment, who were then 34 and were now 31 in number. With reference to the rifle clab there were twelve members of which five only came from Towyn, the remainder from Aberdovey. The subscription was 2s 6d a member for the season, with an additional 6d every time a member went down, which, taking the value of the prize offered and the cost of ammunition, he maintained was yery reasonable and much below the figure of the other clubs in the regiment. He hoped there would be an improvement in this direction. The Commanding Officer's prize list for this year was calculated on the total points in musketry, number on parades, and attendance at Adjutant's parades. All the winners bad attended at least four of the last-mentioned parades. The Commanding Officer's prize for the best shot fell to Col-Sergt J C Edwards. Drill and class firing combined:- Col.Sergeant Edwards. 77 points, prize 15s Pte W P Jones, 74, 4s; Pte D Ll Lewiø, 59, is 6d; Corpl Newell 57 8s; Corpl R L Jones, 55, 7s; Pte W L Hughes 54, 7s; Pte Tom Richards, 54, 7s; Pte H Evans 46, 5s; Sergt L M Jones, 44, 4s. Company Officer's prize, Col Sergt Edwards, 86, 10s, 2nd and 3rd (same score and prize divided), Pte D LI Lewis and L-Cpl W Jones 4s each. Best shot of recruits, Pte T G Roberts, 141 points. The sectional prize This prize consists of a silver cup and £1 in cash, which was won this year by No 1 section (right sub-see- tion) under the charge of Cpl Daniel. The results for all the sections were as follows :—No 1 right sub-section total points, 125, No 1 left sub-section 115, No 2 right sub-section 115, No 2 left nub-sec- tion 119, No 3 section 111. Col-Sergt Edwards said that they bad to thank the tug of war team for their persistent and plucky efforts, to retain the Challenge Cup of the Battalion (loud cheers). It was now the property of the Company. He thought the best they could do with it, would be to present it to their gallant chief, Captain Kirkby—(cheers)—and proposed a parade on the following day to present it, which was unanimously agreed to amidit loud cheering. The programme was then proceeded with, and Corpl Newell was called upon to sing Good Old Jeff," which was very successful. A Welsh song by Mr Owen Roberts, "Caru'r Lleaud," took well, and a comic song by Mr D Roberts was warmly applauded. A duet by Private* Parry and Ben Jones, caused roars of laughter, but was none the less appreciated. A French song by Private B R Jones was vociferously encored, and he responded with "A Welshman in Paris," which was excellent. This terminated the programme, after which a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the accompanist, Mr Tom Hughes. On the proposition of Clr-Sergt Edwards, another hearty vote was passed to Mr and Mrs Latimer for the capital repast, and seconded by L-Sergt Roberts, which was given with three hearty cheers. Pte B Jones proposed the" Band" which was carried with acclamation. Pte Griffiths Jones (band- master) responded, and said that he considered that the band had .turned out well on the parades much better he thought than the company, but he hoped that next year the company would get through their work preceding camp in a first rate manner, which could easily be done with regular attendance. The company then separated after a most enjoy- able and successful meeting, and after singing the National Anthem.
E. R. 5TH VOLUNTEER BATTALION THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS. REGIMENTAL ORDERS By LIEUTENANT-COLONEL E. PRYCE-JONES, M.P. Commanding. Headquarters, Newtown, 28th December, 1901. GAZETTE.—The following extract from the Lcr.dolt Gazette of the 20th inst. is published for infoSnunat'on 5th Vol. Battalion the South Wales Bordered8 "°^n Joseph Sudborough, gentleman to be Secoi_ld'ljieufcenant- Dated, 21st December' 1901, ENKOLMEN'M^ undermentioned having been enrolled at Man £ g,fvnei^ are ^aken on the strength of the Battalion,jposfev' to Company, and allotted Regimental numbers IK stated against their names :—1081 William H >t^U8seiI> 1082 George D Evans, 1083 Arthur H Maddo^- and *084 Charles E Ives. MUSKETRY.—The following is the ^es^lfc of the annual musketry course in the Soafrh v»Vales Infantry Brigade for 1901 Trained Vohm.teera 3rd V.B., figure of merit, 191;. 4th Y.B. 172' ,lst V.B., 167; 2nd V.B., 145; and 5th V.B., 134. \hb LB'' 107 2nd V'B" 107; 3rd V.B., 105J; 5th V.B., 98; and 2nd V.B., 91. EFFICIENCY. The following War Office instruc- tions are published for information — The attention of the Volunteer Force is directed to Section VII. of Volunteer Regulations respecting the Conditions of Efficiency for Officers and Volun- teers, issued with Army Order 246 of 1901, viz j- In exceptional cases which may arise in any year, where it can be shown that a corps has made every effort to fulfil the requirements for' efficiency as1 laid down in the Order in Councit of the 4th, November, 1901, but has wholly, or as regards some of its members, failed to do so, the General Officer' Commandingjvill^be kept from time to time fuHj' will receive the special consideration of the, Secretary of State. This section is iutended to- meet the special case of an officer appointed, or Volunteer enrolled, previous to the date of issue of the above Army Order, and who, during the period of his present engagement with his corps, may be able to satisfy bis Commanding Officer that, owing to his civil occupation, he is prevented wholly or partially from attending camp in any year. Such engagement will not be held to extend beyond 1st November, 1904 Similarly, in the event of a corps satisfying the Commander-in- Chief, on the special recommendation of the General Officer Commanding, that, in consequence of iMI having experienced exceptional difficulties, it is pre- vented from complying with the prescribed condi- tions, its case will be specially considered. Volun-' teers of all ranks should, however, understand that. in view of recent developments in the conditions" and requirements of modern warfare, the trailing of troops, regular or auxiliary, most be conducted on a systematic and progressive principle, in which practice in the essen- tial duties of war is an imperative feature. For some years past the Volunteer Force has con- stantly claimed to be seriously accepted as a reliable and organised section of the Army for Home Defence. It is now determined that the responsi- bility claimed shall be realised. Under the old regulations it was impossible for either an officer or volunteer, although he might become technically efficient so as to earn grants for his corps, to attain the high standard of efficiency now requisite to enable him to take his appointed place in the Military organisation and defence of the Kingdom, It follows that the Force must adapt itself to sucht a system of training as will admit of its members,, from the highest to the lowest, being exercised andi inspected in actual tactical operations over suitable countrv or in actual works of defence. An annual; camp, with which the year's training should in thiss manner culminate, is therefore indispensable. To' facilitate such training in the case of those corps' which, in the opinion of the General Officer Com- manding, are unable to train in complete units,. provisional regiments or battalions under officers of the Regular Forces, and consisting of batteries or companies detailed from Volunteer corps, will be formed at suitable stations during certain months of the camping season. Fnrther instructions regarding these arrangements will be issned in due course. It is fully realised that the civil occupation of some Volunteers will not admit of their complying with the minimum conditions necessary for all effective course of Military training, and that consequently the Force must ultimately lose the services of such men. It is preferable to have a somewhat (smaller number of more highly-trained officers and men sufficient to meet all the demands for home defence. The State requires that a suitable standard of Military training shall be secured in return for the outlay of public money, and, consequently, the; enrolment in future of Volunteers who are unablelto, afford adequate time for any Military training, beyond elementary barrack-square drill cannot be; permitted. While it is confidently expected that, officers and Volunteers will endeavour to meet the, changes necessitated by the development of modern: warfare, the operation of the regulations will be, arefully watched, and any amendments which experience shows are desirable will be effected. A copy of this Army Order will be inserted in the Regimental or Battalion orders of every Volun- teer Corps." POSTING. — Second-Lieutenant Sad borough is posted to E Co. By Order, C WALKER, Captain, Adjutant 5th V.B. South Wales liordei-ers.
♦ The Marquess Ito, the Japanese Statesman, was recieved in audience by the King, to whom he was I introduced by the Marquess of Lansdowne. His stay in this country will extend over about ten days, during which he will be entertained at iuncheon by the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House. The Sub.committee of The T E Ellis Memorial met at Bala on Saturday. Professor Owen M Kd wards attended at the request of the Committee. Two tites were viewed-one in frout of the County School for Boys and the other near the front. f Plasyndre (the old home of the Rev Simon Llwyd, of Bala), in the main street. This matter and thu question of the selection dfasculptor werd deferred to a special meetingj to be held at Shrewsbury on January 10.