Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

12 articles on this Page






YEOMANRY AND VOLUNTEER NOTES. The most electrifying name in the whole list of the Yeomanry Volunteers is that of Armstrong. At the supper on Thursday evening, when the Yeomanry were the guests of the inhabitants of Welshpool, the mere mention of the name of Armstrong brought cheers, applause, Ile's a jolly good fellow," or Your very good health," and other kind things, in the same category. Armstrong electrifies the men on parade and off parade, in the practice field and out of it. A similar electrifying effect produced by the same name comes back to memory. Two youths having been convicted of a petty theft, the presiding magistrate sympathetically broke to them the news that each would receive twelve strokes with the birch. This was bad enough, but when the magistrate added—"and the punishment will be inflicted by Sergeant Armstrong, there was a scene over which the curtain will be drawn. Not only, therefore, is there much in a name, but sometimes much that electrifies. It may or may not be known that the forcible character of genial Captain Armstrong in the training field, led one, a lady, to think of him and speak of him Its "compressed Lyddite." What greater compliment This love and respect by the men is extended to all the officers and shows, if it indeed were needed, the spirit of unanimity which prevails through- out the troop. At Thursday's memorable gathering every officer was cheered to the echo and those after proceedings when Captain Armstrong was carried shoulder high to the Royal Oak, and the other officers were seized bodily, willy-nilly, lifted shoulder high and carried round the Cross Pump at a time when the indicator of the clock was pointing in the direction of midnight was as interesting and even more demonstrative than the events of the gathering at the Town Hall. It is not definitely known when the men will leave Welshpool, but on Thursday evening Sir Watkin received a telegram asking how soon the men could be ready. Sir Watkin announced the receipt of this wire to the men at the supper, and for something like five minutes no progress could be made with the business of the evening. It was the best piece of news the men had had since they came to Welshpool, and to a man the troop is anxiously awaiting receipt of the order which will hasten their departure. For the benefit of the kindly disposed we may here state that about JE500 or zC600 would be a most welcome addition to the equipment fund. That amount is still required. There was great demand on Thursday evening for a speech from Sergeant Allen, M.P., bnt it failed to come and that gentleman's presence was not in the least conspicuous. He takes his promotion from a seat in the House of Commons to the position of a Sergeant in the Yeomanry with very little assumption, and as the men filed into the room Sergeant Allen sidled into a quiet corner amongst other Kharki fellows where he probably thought he would pass unobserved. The splendid send-off given to Mr Hugh Arthur and Mr Fred Harris from Machynlleth, last Saturday, to go off to the front, perhaps later on has had a very stimulating influence over many towards the Volunteers. No less than a dozen have signed on. These last recruits, no doubt, are of the right calibre, and it is hoped that others will follow their lead. The Volunteer reading room is a great boon to Machynlleth. The fellows thoroughly enjoy themselves every evening with the papers and games. The impromptu entertain- ments they have are exactly what is needed for the long, wet winter evenings in a place otherwise devoid of any resort for amusement. The Volun- teers are doing what the Mayor has as yet failed to do for the young men of the town. The Council some time ago passed a resolution to leave the matter of the town reading room in the hands of the Mayor to call a town meeting or take some other step. As usual nothing was done in the matter, and the whole thing was dropped. Colonel Pryce-Jones, M.P., the Commanding Officer, desires, on behalf of the Battalion, to thank the following ladies for their kind presents of mufflers. Balaclava helmets and worsted caps:— Mrs Pryce-Jones, Mrs Walker, Mrs A W Pryce- Jones, Mrs and Miss Humphreys, (Garthmyl Hall), Misses Jones, (Cefn Bryntalch), Miss Lewie Lewis, Mrs Hugh Lewis, Mrs Buckley Williams, Mrs Purchas, Mrs Gibson, Mrs Evan Humphreys, Mrs Swift, Mrs Willans, Mrs Wynne, (Peniarth), Mrs Evan Jones, Mrs and Misses Elwell, and Miss Parry, (Welshpool). Lady Pryce-Jones has also presented each man with a silver match box inscribed "South Africa, 1900," and Lady Joicey and Mrs Palmer sent cigarettes. The employees of Pryce Jones, Ltd., have presented those of their number (seven) who are going to the front with a silver flask. The Directors of Pryce Jones, Ltd., promise to keep the places open for those in their employ who have gone to the front, and have agreed to make adequate allowance to their families or anyone dependent upon them during their absence. One very useful present which each man has received is one of Aitchison's patent collapsible field-glasses, the price of which is three guineas. This will be of immense value to the men in South Africa. It has inscribed on it "5th V.B. S.W.B., South Africa, 1900," and a space left for the name of the recipient. The members of the 5th Volunteer Battalion, S.W.B., who had volunteered and are going to the front have been insured with the Prudential Assur- ance Company. On Monday Dr Palmer, assisted by Dr Wilson, examined the men on behalf of the Society and 23 policies were granted. Mr E Gregg, Newtown, superintendent, and Mr Evans, Welsh- pool, assistant superintendent, represented the Company, and Mr Gregg presented each man with a cigar on leaving the examining room. The Prudential officials have generously agreed that the amount of their commission on these policies shall go to the Battalion Fund. The policies will be placed with Col Piyce-Jones, M.P., Commanding Officer, in trust for the benefit of the families of the holders in case of death. A very favourable aspect of the policies is that they are drawn up in such a way as to enable the holders if they return home safely to carry on the insurance, and this seems to be appreciated by the men. It is worthy of note that over two months ago there were at the front nearly 10,000 Prudential policy holders, and over 100 claims have been paid since the war began. There was a great gathering on Monday evening when Abermule gave a great public send-off to Mr John Miller of the Court. Mr Miller was so well known as a football player,sportsman, churchworker and genial character that a demonstration on a large scale was inevitable when it was known that he had volunteered for service with the Yeomanry. The Chairman of the Llandyssil Parish Council, on behalf of a large number of admirers, presented Mr Miller with a purse containing 20gs, and wished him God speed and a safe return. Mr Miller's response was of the practical order. Abermule will have a vacant place until Mr Miller's return. I