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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Second Battalion North Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Second Battalion North Canterbury Mounted Rifles.

Lieutenant R. Dampier Atkinson, of the Cust Mounted Rifles, entered the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry in 1883, and served actively as a trooper till 1897, when he was transferred to the Canterbury District Reserve Corps. On the formation of the Cust Mounted Rifles, of which he was one of the chief promoters, he appointed sergeant-major, and afterwards advanced to his present rank of lieutenant. Mr. Atkinson is devoted to firing practice, and held the marksman's badge for nine consecutive years in the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry.

Standish and Preece, photo.Lieut. R. D. Atkinson.

Standish and Preece, photo.
Lieut. R. D. Atkinson.

Lieutenant Alfred Horne, of the North Canterbury Mounted Rifles, was born
Tolputt and Clarke, photo.Lieut. A. Horne.

Tolputt and Clarke, photo.
Lieut. A. Horne.

page 137 in Cumberland, England, in January, 1858. He was brought up on his father's farm, and came to Wellington by the ship “Butfermere” in 1879. On removing to Canterbury he settled at Woodend, where he bought land in 1886. His property, which is situated on the Native Reserve Road, consists of 200 acres of land, all in a good state of cultivation. Mr. Horne takes a keen interest in all matters of interest in the district. He is a member of the Woodand school committee, and of the committee of the Presbyterian Church at Rangiora. Mr. Horne takes an active interest in the Rangiora athletic club, and took a prominent part in the reception of troopers returned from South Africa, and in the relief of the sufferers from the Cheviot earthquake. He is at present (1902) vice-president of the Northern Agricultural and Pastoral Association, of which he has for many years been a member, and he is also president of the N'tu Ahuriri Football Club. He is an enthusiastic volunteer, and assisted materially in the formation of the North Canterbury Mounted Rifles, in which he holds the rank of senior lieutenant; he had also been active as a member of the Woodend Sports Committee. Mr. Horne was married, in 1887, to a daughter of Mr. A. Alexander, of West Eyreton, and has four sons and three daughters.

Lieutenant Frederick Horrell. of the D Company, Kaiapoi Rifles, joined No. 9 Company, Woodend, Canterbury Rifle Volunteers, as bugler, in 1868, and remained efficient in that corps until its disbandment in 1875. On the formation of a northern contingent of the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry, in 1887, he joined it and remained in it until 1899, attaining the rank of sergeant. A requisition from the Kaiapoi Rifle Volunteers, asking him to become a lieutenant in that corps, induced him to obtain his transfer. His total broken and efficient service up to April, 1902, was twenty years, so that now he is entitled to the long service medal. Mr. Horrell is referred to in another article as a farmer at Woodend.

Standish and Preece, photo.Lieut. F. Horrell.

Standish and Preece, photo.
Lieut. F. Horrell.