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A Volunteer Milita Group, 19th May 1900 -

According to Mr William Deans they were formed just before the Boer war in 1899-1902. The Amuri Mounted Rifles and the Ellesmere Mounted rifles were formed about the same time and the three constituted the Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment.

Mr Deans said "My eldest brother John commanded the Malvern Mounted Rifles, David McMillan was one officer. I cannot remember the other but I think a Judd was one and possibly a Wright. Jim cullen was Sgt Major. Colonel Chaffey commanded the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry and Sir Heaton Rhodes was his Senior Officer and later commanded the CYC. My brother was Colonel in command after Sir heaton Rhodes" (Handwritten note, source?)

Newspaper reports:

WADDINGTON. Star , Issue 6801, Tuesday 22 May 1900, Page 1

When the news of the relief reached Waddington, great enthusiasm was shown. Guns were fired, crackers exploded, bells rung, and the band played patriotic selections. The initial meeting of the Malvern Mounted Rifles had been called for Saturday night (19th) and enthusiasm was lent to the proceedings by the good news. Mr G. H Judd was in the chair at the meeting. Forty-four persons gave in their names as members, making a total of over seventy. The following officers were elected: — Captain Mr G.. Rutherford, Dalethorpe, lieutenants, Messrs J. Deans, jun., Homebush, H. A. Knight, Racecourse Hill, and D. McMillan, jun., Waddington.

Star , Issue 6891, 4 September 1900, Page 3


A parade of the North Canterbury Infantry Battalion will be held tomorrow evening The present strength of the mounted corps in North Canterbury, excluding officers, is 656, and is made up as follows: — Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry, Captain Lindsay, 57; Canterbury Mounted Rifles, Captain Snow, 79 ; Ellesmere Mounted Rifles, Captain Boag, 82 ; Malvern Mounted Rifles, Captain Rutherford, 71 ; Arauri Mounted Rifles, Captain Chaffey, 74; Waimakariri Mounted Rifles, Captain Bailey, 71; North Canterbury Mounted Rifles, Captain Cosgrove, 84 ; Cust Mounted Rifles, Captain Lance, 65 ; and Kaikoura Mounted Rifles, Captain Woods, 73.'

 Star , Issue 6692, 4 October 1900, Page 3


The Malvern Mounted Rifles, under Captain Rutherford, will go into camp at Sheffield on Monday. Mr P. Burke has undertaken the catering.
Malvern Mounted Rifles 

Star , Issue 6922, 11 October 1900, Page 3


A  lad named Harold Tinsley, a son of the Rev W. Tinsley, of Temuka, who is at present on a visit to England, was received into the hospital last evening, suffering from injuries received by a railway accident. Tinsley was a cadet at the Sheffield Railway Station, arid the accident occurred at 5.30 p.m., while three trucks were being moved in the yard, and Tinsley's body was severely crushed about the waist. The unfortunate lad was taken to the hotel, where he was examined by a local ambulance student, who dressed the wounds, and pronounced his condition too serious for any but expert treatment.

The telegraph was put into requisition, and by 5.55 p.m. communication with the Traffic Manager was established. The Traffic Manager advised sending for the local doctor, and a mounted trooper was sent out nine miles for Dr Iroglis. When the doctor arrived there was nothing he could do except dress the wound afresh.

In the meantime the men of the Malvern Mounted Rifles had subscribed £30 for the purpose of obtaining a special train from Christchurch, but the Railway Department' declined to send one, and the sufferer had to wait until the ordinary evening train. On reaching Christchurch he was taken to the Hospital, where he died shortly at two o'clock this morning. An inquest will be held.

Star , Issue 6924, 13 October 1900, Page 5


The Malvern Mounted Riffes went into camp at the Sheffield Domain on Monday evening. The ground is admirably suited for the purpose, and the plantations afford good shelter for the horses. There are two marquees and twenty tents, and the catering is in the hands of Mr P. Burke. Captain George Rutherford is in charge of the camp, and Staff-Sergeant-Major Coleman is the instructor. Both men and horses are of the right stamp, and the manner in which the mounted work is executed after only three or 'four practices speaks volumes for the careful training they must have received in their foot work.

The camp is essentially one of work, and the seventy men have averaged about six and a half hours drill a day. Reveille sounds at 5.15 every morning, and the officers set a good example in being the first on parade. The work on Tuesday consisted of foot drill in the morning, and mounted drill, with the attack formation, in the afternoon. On Wednesday, though the day was wet, there was foot drill in the morning, and mounted parade from 10.30 until 12.30. In the afternoon the attack in extended formation was practised, the orders being given by signal. In the afternoon the corps worked as a service advance guard through the township, reconnoitred the roads, and practised the attack by divisions. On Thursday, there was the usual footdrill in the morning and the march-past, and extended order work was practised. In the afternoon there was a large attendance of the public, who expected the inspection parade to take place. A smoke concert was held in the evening, when songs were sung by Sergeants Pole and Cloudesley, Corporal Hutchinson, Staff-Sergeant-Major Coleman, Trooper Dowdall, Farrier-Sergeant M'Nae, and Trooper Appleby, and Sergeant Pole and the bugler played a piano and cornet duet, and Sergeants Pole and Cloudesley a piano and violin duet.

A number of auctioneers from Christchurch were present as visitors, and Mr S. Cadle represented them in the vocal line. Yesterday there was foot-drill in the morning, and mounted drill from ten to twelve, when extended order movements and the march-past were practised. There was a large attendance of the public at 2 p.m., when Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon inspected the company. Captain Rutherford was in charge, and Lieutenants McMillan, Deans and Knight were the division leaders. The march-past at a walk was done in good line, and the dressing in the trot past by divisions was excellent. On the conclusion of the parade Lieutenant- Colonel Gordon complimented Captain Rutherford and the officers on the good men and good horse of the corps, and the steadiness of the men on parade. He expressed a hope that in the future the corps would aim at working with the greatest possible uniformity. Several divisional movements were then carried out at a faster pace, and the dismounted attack and retreat was practised with blank cartridge.

Lieutenant McMillan has given a gold medal, valued at two guiineas, to the corps, which will be presented to the owner of the best groomed horse and neatest kit and turnout. . A social was held in the dining marqiee last evening, at which many ladies were present. songs were sung by Sergeants McNae and Cloudesley, Corporal Hutchinson, Sergeant-Major Wright,, Sergeant Pole, Corporal Cochrane, Troopers Meredith and Nelson, Miss Lill and Messrs Nelson and Wetherspoqn, and Sergeant Ledsham recited. Sergeant Cloudesley played a violin solo, and a pleasant evening was spent.

At half -past twelve this morning an alarm was sounded, at which the men turned out smartly, the idea being that an enemy was advancing from Springfield. The company formed-up and took up positions on outpost live, extending over country defending the township and railway. Reconnoitring patrols who were sent to the front reported no enemy in the vicinity, and. a return was made to camp.

Star , Issue 6925, 15 October 1900, Page 3 THE VOLUNTEERS.


There were over forty entries for the competition for neatest tent, best-kept saddlery and best groomed horse, for which Lieutenant McMillan offered a medal valued at £2 2s. This resulted in Sergeant Cloudesley and Trooper Wallace being equal for first, place with twenty-four points each, and Trooper Nelson next with twenty-three points. It was decided to give the two first-named a medal apiece. 

On Saturday evening Staff-Sergeant-Major Coleman examined the non-commissioned officers. Sergeant-Major Wright and Sergeant Rutherford passed. All the other candidates have still to undergo examination in guard mounting. By an error in transmission, the name of Dedy appears in place of Gillanders. Trooper D. Glllanders won the second prize in the competition for the best mounted rifle troop horse. Lieutenant Knight has resigned his commission, as he finds that he is unable to devote sufficient time to the work.


In October 1911 the officers took part in the, annual Camp of Instruction for Territorial Officers, held in the Sheffield Domain.

the men at swedish exercise, under sergt. major norris.
SON2040: The men at Swedish exercise, under Sergt. Major Norris. The drill at these camps comprises practical work in all that an officer has to teach, and as physical exercise is one of the most important sections, he is put through this in all its stages.

 those who took part in the camp.

SON2041: Those who took part in the camp. Back row Staff-Sergt.-Major Norris (Instructor), Trooper McDonald, Sergt. Holmes, Corporal Jarman, Trooper Scales, Trooper Jenkins, Trooper Brown, Trooper Jepson, Corporal Black, Sergt. Pool. Front row  Sergt.-Major Cullen, Lieut. F Gorton, Lieut. Manson, Capt. D. McMillan, Lieut W. Deans, Lieut. D. S. Murchison, Sergt. Shuttleworth. (as reported by the Weekly Press 29 November 1911)


Three of the men pictured Lieut. Frederick Gorton, Lieu William Deans, and Lieut. Donald Sinclair Murchison joined the Canterbury Mounted Rifles and on September 23rd 1914 they rode through Sumner to the docks at Lyttlelton and embarked immediately on arrival. They arrived in Alexandria to disembark on December 3rd 1914.

Within a few weeks of departure the Turkish Ottoman Empire entered the war on the side of Germany. The New Zealand and Australian Forces were directed to Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. Then in April 1915 the Infantry and Artillery departed Egypt to attack the Turkish mainland on the Gallipoli peninsular.

Within three weeks the Canterbury Mounted Rifles along with the rest of the Brigade found themselves fully committed in the Dardenelles, fighting not as mounted riflemen but as Infantry. There was no opportunity to utilise horses on the precarious hills of Gallipoli.

Lieut D.S. Murchison was later promoted to Major and awarded a DSO for great courage and distinguished conduct in leading his Squadron at Gaza on 26th March, 1917.

Information from the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Association website

and the Auckland War Memorial Museum cenotaph Database


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