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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

The Waitohi Rifles

The Waitohi Rifles are known as the E Company of the First Battalion of Nelson Infantry Volunteers, and were formed on the 4th of April, 1900, with Dr. Owen as Acting-Captain. Dr. Owen was succeeded by Dr. Claridge, formerly a lieutenant in the Imperial Volunteer Service. In the year 1902. Captain E. G. M. C. Kenny, the present commander, was appointed. The corps has a membership of forty-eight. Drill is held fortnightly, and shooting practices take place nearly every week on the range at Waikawa, about two miles from Picton. The Waitohi Rifles took part in the military reception to the Duke of York, in Wellington and Christchurch. Several of its members saw service in the South African war, and one returned as sergeant-major. The present lieutenants of the corps are: Messrs S. Swanwick and Charles Parfitt.