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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]



The Feilding Mounted Rifles, known as C Squadron of No. 3 Battalion Wellington (Manawatu) Mounted Rifle Volunteers, was founded in the year 1901, and has its head-quarters in Feilding. The corps has always been a popular body, has kept a full membership, and is a strong and well-drilled force. It possesses some first-class marksmen, and has won many prizes and trophies. Captain Sverre Sorenson is the commanding officer, and Lieutenant B. N. Sandilands is secretary of the corps.

Captain Sverre Sorenson, Commander of the Feilding Mounted Rifles, has been connected with volunteering since 1896. For nine years he was a member of the Manawatu Mounted Rifles, and in May, 1905, accepted the captaincy of his present corps. Mr. Sorenson was born in the year 1877, in Christiania, Norway, where he was educated at the Aas and Voss Colleges, and then went to sea in the merchant service. In 1893 he left his ship in New Zealand, and after spending some time with an uncle in farming, took up land on his own account and farmed successively at Palmerston North, Kiwitea, and Aorangi. In July, 1907. he joined the firm of Messrs. Young and Company, of Wellington and Feilding, as a partner, and has since devoted his time to the land agency business. Mr. Sorenson is a member of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, the Farmers' Union, the Rangitikei Club, and the local lodge of Freemasons. He married Miss McCurdy, of Wellington, and has two children.