Friday, March 27, 2015

Lord Kitchener inspects troops at Tring 100 years ago

 On Saturday afternoon Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War. paid a brief visit to Tring for the purpose of inspecting various contingents of the 2lst Division who are training in the neighbourhood. The greatest interest was manifested in in the War Secretary’s visit. In the regrettable absence of Lieut.-General Hutton, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., commanding the Division through indisposition, the command was assumed by Brigadier-General T. G. L. H. Armstrong, Commanding Officer of the 62nd Infantry Brigade.
The troops on parade were:
 96th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (Lieut.-Colonel R. C. Coates, D.S.O., commanding);
21st Divisional Royal Engineers (Major C. Coffin,  R.E.. commanding);
97th Field Company Royal Engineers (Major B. S. Phlllpotts, R.E.);
98th Field Company Royal Engineers (Major C. Coffin. R.E.);
126th Field Company Royal Engineers, (Major A. L. Cooper, R.E.).
62nd Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General T. G. L. H. Armstrong commanding);
12th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers (Colonel W. B. Mullins);
13th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers (Colonel W. Prior);
 8th Batt. East Yorkshire Regiment Colonel L. C. Fryer)
10th. Batt. Yorkshire Regiment (Colonel A. de S. Hadow).
14th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers (Pioneers), (Lieut.-Colonel F. B. Morley)
Divisional Mounted Troops: 21st Divisional Cyclist Company (Major A. O. Vaughan commanding).
Lord Kitchener inspected as many Battalions as the time at his disposal permitted, and afterwards the troops who had been inspected marched past the saluting point where the War Secretary stood with the Staff Officers. On leaving the parade ground he was loudly cheered.
Lord Kitchener made it known that he was much pleased with the appearance of the troops he saw on parade, and was  especially struck with the progress made since he last inspected the troops of the Division.

from the Bucks Herald of 27th March, 1915

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