MILITARY – Artillery competition at Redcar
Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 10/08/1877.
ARTILLERY COMPETITION AT REDCAR
On Saturday afternoon (04/08), a big gun competition took place at the Redcar battery of the 1st North York Volunteer Artillery. The first prize was the brigade challenge cup, and £9, which was worn by No.1 Battery; and the second prize, £.10s., was one by No.5 Battery. Only one detachment of nine men from each of the batteries, comprising the brigade was allowed to compete. The detachments were inspected by Colonel Chaloner before the competition commenced, and so many points were allowed for dress, cleanliness, &c., each detachment fired nine shots, changing rounds each shot, at a target 1500 yards distance, 18 minutes being allowed for the shots. A strong wind blew across the range, which considerably affected the shooting. Captain Owen T. Jones, adjutant of the corps, acted as umpire, and took off points for mistakes in drill. Gunner Steel of No.5 Battery, carried away the Flagstaff of one of the targets, that being the only hit that was recorded during the day. The offices in command were:- Colonel Chaloner, major Stevenson, Captain and Adjutant C. T. Jones, Captain Dixon, Captain Hill, Captain Bell, and Lieutenant Brewster.
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