Musketry & Machine Gun Training for RMR in 1914

Musketry & Machine Gun Training for RMR in 1914

Friday, December 18, 1914

In Camp, West Down South, Salisbury Plains

The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Lt.-Col. Meighen, 14th Bn., as senior C.O. of 3rd Bde. assumed command of the Bde. during General Turner’s disablement.  As Lt.-Col. Burland, 2nd in Com’d. of Battn. was on duty at Hayling Island, Major A.C. Shaw assumed command of the 14th.” [1]

18 Dec 14_A
18 Dec 14_B
Hotchkiss Machine Gun

THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: Hayling Island, on the south coast of England a few miles east of Plymouth, was the site of the British Army’s Southern Command School of Musketry.  A complete timetable from the Southern Command School of Musketry for a 40 hour course of training for instructors over a period of 8 days covered the following topics:-  Trigger Pressing;  Aiming Instruction;  Firing Instruction Care of Arms; Visual Training; Judging Distance; Mechanisim; Tests of Elementry training; Miniature Range Work; Indication and Recognition of Targets; Fire Orders; Fire Discipline; and Use of Cover.  In addition to training musketry instructors, training was also given for the Hotchkiss Machine Gun.

[1]   War Diary, 14th Canadian Battalion, The Royal Montreal Regiment, Dec 18, 1914.  Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa,

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