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Durham Rifle Volunteers Presentation To Captain Edgar

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Date: 29 Jul 1880 [unknown]
Location: South Shields, Englandmap
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DURHAM RIFLE VOLUNTEERS, SOUTH SHIELDS. PRESENTATION TO CAPTAIN EDGAR. Shields Daily Gazette (South Shields, Eng); 29 Jul 1880; p.3, c.2&3

Last night, the members of the Third Durham Rifle Volunteers, South Shields, assembled in their drill hall, Ocean Road, for the 'purpose of presenting a Martini-Henri rifle to Captain Edgar, who is leaving the country for Texas. On the stock of the rifle is a silver plate bearing the following inscription :
— Presented to Captain Edgar, of the Third Durham Rifle Regiment, on his leaving England for Texas, July 24th, 1880." The rifle is one of the most modern design, and is capable of firing one thousand yards.

Amongst those present 'were Captain Edgar, Captain Guthrie, Lieut. Bewicke, Lieut. Guthrie, Drill Instructor O'Leary, Mr T. Binks, Mr W. W. Taylor, and others. There were about 150 volunteers on parade. Prior to the presentation, Captain Edgar put the men through a variety of battalion movements for the last time.

—Capt. Guthrie then, on behalf of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the regiment, made the presentation. He said that, in the absence of the senior captain, he was called upon to perform a pleasant, yet very painful duty. He then referred to the fact that Capt. Edgar was about to leave the corps, and spoke in flattering terms of his services to the regiment during the past five years. Capt. Edgar, although belonging to one particular company, was appreciated by every man in the corps. (Hear, hear.) After some further remarks, Capt. Guthrie made the presentation amid loud applause .

—Capt. Edgar, in accepting the gift, said he believed the donors of the rifle wished him all the good things that had been expressed by Capt. Guthrie on their behalf. He was going to a foreign country where the population was only partially civilised, and he might have occasion to use the weapon. He hoped, however, that he never have occasion to use it against a human being. He never held a high position as a marksman, but such a weapon as this, of the most modern pattern, and all the latest improvements, might prove very useful in many ways. He then alluded to his connection with the corps, and particularly mentioned his respect and affection for the members No. 3 Company, of which he was the commanding officer. He joined that corps after leaving another. He did not leave that corps because he disliked volunteering, as most of them knew, and from the first day that he joined them till the present moment he had taken a real and lively interest the welfare of that corps. (Hear, hear.) In conclusion acknowledged the valuable assistance he had always received from Drill Instructor and O'Leary and Colour-Sergt. Ogilvie. (Applause.) He asked every member of the corps to believe that he was really grateful for the handsome present they had made to him that night, and he also asked them to remember him when he was far away, he would most certainly remember them. (Cheers.)

— Corporal Cook, on behalf of No. 3 Company, presented Captain Edgar with photograph of the members, which was surrounded by a neat Oxford frame. In a very appropriate speech, Corporal Cook said that the members of his company thought this was a suitable way of expressing their high esteem of Capt. Edgar's services.

—Captain Edgar, in receiving this gift, assured the members of No. 3 Company that it was a surprise to him, but a very grateful one. Every time he looked upon the picture it would bring back recollections of the many. pleasant hours he had spent amongst them.

—Drill-Instructor O'Leary expressed his regret at the departure of Capt. Edgar, and hoped that his farther career would be a happy and prosperous one. Hearty cheers were given for Captain Edgar, his wife, and family, and the proceedings then concluded.

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