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I I | THE ARMY. t THE RMY. I T j TERRITORIAL RECRUITING. i RESULTS AT CHESTER. I It is now rather more. tliuil t month sinco the new Tcrntorial Army came- into existence, and although tho old Volunteers have two months longer before deciding whether to join the new force or to resign, it is possible to obtain some idea of the progress of the- scheme locally. Especially in Chester will the develop- ment of the new system bo watched with inter- est, in view of the measures which tlie Corpora.- tion had to use to obtain tin- proper recognition of the citizens" share in the patriotic duty of the defence of ihe country. In negotiating wi:h the Cheshire Territorial Associatioti to secure ihe continuance here of tho headquarters of the 2nd Earl of Cites tor's Volunteer Battalion, and to presetyo even the very- identity of the bat- talion in face of proposals to absorb it into the Corponatacn pi-aioticaJly- pkdged tho city's reputation to the. raising of the number of morn which tiie Army Council lequired. It behoves everyone, therefore, to give to the scheme ail the encouragemieiit in his power. Tlie individual member of the Terri- tonal Army on the whole should be in a rather bclt-er position than was the old 'Volunteer. Ilis status at least will be impioved he will bo better trained and he will have the satisfaction, of knowing that he is taliin-, his rightful place as a citizen in an organised force, which, owing to its co-ordination, should attain far greater efficiency than hitherto has been tho case. Up to the present, rccruiting in Cheshire has not been very brisk, but tho returns COIll- pare favourably w ith -other partu of the country. Already the 5th (Earl t-f C'qwetc-r's) Battalion, the old 2nd (E.C.) Y.B.tJ.R. has the best rc- cord, having 630 men toward s tho required strength of one thousand. We are sorry to h(-,ain. however, that the credit for this is duo Wast, of all to Cliesler. and mainly to the Midi- Cheshire district. Taking the county generally, the places whevo the enrolment is most baek- ward are this city and Birkenhead. It is not ercclible. however, that ill cither district, this is due to any lack of patriotism. It is believed 11,hat the men will justify expectations in course of time, only they aro hanging back until tho last possible date. Quite a Hood of oratory- anil a countlrss number of printed articles itave been expended on the new scheme; yet, it seemingly is still impiopeiiy understood by many Volun- teers. It may not be unreasonable to suggast. that a special effort should ljc made by the officeit), or those responsible, to tec that, the misconceptions that do exist arc cleared up. Once the position of the Territorial sokiicr is thoroughly realised, there should bo a consider- able improvement in the enlisting. For the 4th Battalion (BirkenJheadl, only 300 have joined tinder the new conditions. Al- though the battalion formerly consisted of t27 Volunteers, it. is now 700 below strength. 111. t,he 6th Battalion 370 men, and in the 7th Bat- talion. 460 men hare transferred. Tho Cheshire Airillery, now known as the 3rd Welsh Bri- gade, R.F.A., is in a .much worse position, only 160 men having accepted service in the Terri- torial Army. When the armament was changed from 4.7 guns to 15-poundws. the strength was also raised, and is now over 600, as compiled with 480, £ o that little more than the extia es- tablishment has been provided for. Owing to the great. reductions in the strength cf the 1st and 2nd Cheshire Engineers, both these corps will have no difficulty in raising the required number of men. It is gratifying to learn that the Che-shire Yeomanry a.ro acting up to their berst traditions, and are expected to transfer at full strength, namely, about 440, 246 having already notified their intention of enlisting in the To:iitorial Force. Tho squadron of Den- bighshire Yeomanry raised in Wirral is in a like satisfactory position. The Cheshire Bearer Company have been changed to a eoips of Cavalry Field Ambulance. Only about. 100 men are required, and 43 having promised to join, it is expected there will be no difficulty in com- pleting the establishment. No official figures have been sent in for Flintshire, but no ob- stacle is anticipated. Owing to the decision of tlie Army Council, the 1st Flintshire Royal Engineers, which coniprised six officers a.nd 133 men, has been lost to the service-, and fw of the members of the corps are expected to join another branch of the force. The Territorial Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers which takes the place of the 2nd Y.B.R.W.P. will bo composed of eight companies instead of nine, but thero will be no reduction in the numbers. To Flintshire seven companies are allotted, the eighth being stationed at. Colwvn Bay. Mattel 9 aiv romewhat in a state of uncertainty, as tho commanding officer, Col. Willes, io re<tiring, and his successor has not yet. been appointed. The position, we understand, should fall to Major T. M. Keene, but he is already secretary to tho Territorial Association.

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