Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, March 1964
Several old residents have memories of their days in the Stoke Rifles, but were unable to state just when the Company was formed. They knew though that the order of seniority in the district companies was: (1) Nelson City Rifles (2) Stoke Rifles and (3) Waimea Rifles.
Mr. D. Giblin originally joined as a cadet, and then later was transferred into the Rifles. At that time Captain Malcolm was in command, assisted by Lieut. D. Harkness, and Lieut. John Paynter, who later won the N.Z. Rifle Belt.