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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Field Artillery Volunteers

Field Artillery Volunteers.

A Battery Of Field Artillery. The strength of this corps is set down at four officers and seventy-nine rank and file. Their armament consists of four 9-pounder rifle breech-loading guns, to which a Norden-feldt has been since added. The personnel of the company is officially classed as “very good,” but their matériel is condemned as inefficient and out of date. The corps has been in existence since the 20th of February, 1866. Officers:—Captain O'Brien: Lieutenants Lipscombe, J. T. Bosworth and Stewart.

Captain Lucius O'brien, of the A Battery Artillery, has been connected with the volunteers for many years. He is an accountant in the firm of Messrs S. Cochrane and Son, auctioneers. He is now (October 1900) away on a trip to South Africa.

Lieutenant Lipscombe, of the A Battery of Artillery, holds a position in the well known firm of Messrs Arthur Yates and Co., seed merchants, Auckland.

Lieutenant John Thomas Bosworth, A Battery Field Artillery Volunteers, is a well-known Volunteer officers, who is at present (1900) serving with the New Zealand contingents in South Africa. His service in the Auckland force dates back to 1885, when, during the “Russian scare,” he joined the “Queen's Own” rifle corps. This was disbanded after some three years' service, and Mr. Bosworth then joined the A Battery of Artillery; he graduated through the various ranks till in 1894 he received his commission as lieutenant of the corps. Lieutenant Bosworth is noted for the time and trouble he has always taken in instructing the recruits under his charge. A native of New South Wales, Mr. Bosworth was born at Mudgee in 1866, but with his parents crossed over to New Zealand when a child
Lieut. J. T. Bosworth.

Lieut. J. T. Bosworth.

of six years. He was educated at St. David's school, Auckland, and in 1881 joined the Government service in the Post and Telegraph Department, in which he still remains. Mr. Bosworth is married to a daughter of the Hon. Major Harris, M.L.C., and has one daughter.

Lieutenant Stewart, of the A Battery Artillery, is connected with the firm of Messrs John Burns and Sons, merchants, Custom Street, Auckland.

Surgeon-Captain Charles George Watson was appointed Honorary Surgeon to the A Battery on the 11th of May, 1893.

The Primate Of New Zealand, Bishop Cowie, whose interesting biography appears in the ecclesiastical section of this volume, is the Honorary Chaplain of the A Battery.