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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 20, 1010 THE LETIinniDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE FIVH ridge's Own Overseas Battalion ftSLPtOF 113tli Its Organization Its Officers MAJOR McGUIRE MAJOR HOWLAND CAPT. WALLACE CAPT.'L. M. JOHNSTONE "LctiibridKC High- landers" that IB the u in b 1 o in the 113th Overseas Bat- talion, now on Its u-ay east, will carry Into the battlefields of France and Flan- That is why Lethbridge Is proud to claim the battal-. ____ Ion as its own. And o'libridgo will wait with confidence or dispatches from the front telling brilliant work of the boys in action. That the Lethhridge Highlanders will give a good account of themselves when they come to blows with the Huns nobody who has Been (he boys at work in the big camp at Snrcee will i doubt. They are conceded to be, on; the average, a battalion of giants, and j quite the best built lot of soldiers ever sent from the province. i The Lethbridge Highlanders Bat- was authorized on November 3th, 1916, by Sir Sam Hughes, follow- ling a visit to Ottawa by Mayor Har- jdle, W. S. Ball arid Capt. B. C. Mac- Kenzie, in which they urged that, Lethbrldge be made the headquarters of a unit. The fact that it was to ha! a kilted regiment was made known the i next day, and recruiting started im- mediately. The ranks filled rapidly, and on leaving here for Sarcoe Camp in May there were 800 men on the strength. Many have been weeded out but all gaps have been filled, and the battalion is on its way full strength. So far the unit has not been, served out with kilts. For a while during the summer It looked as If the kilts were not to'be part of the dress, for It was stated that no further kilted regiments were to be raised. This order was later countermanded .and last week the kilts for the 113th left Ottawa. They will be picked up somewhere en route and when' the men parade for Inspection In the east they will likely be clad In the Scotchman's uniform. The cap worn is the Balmoral, though the Glengarry had first been chosen. It is the hope of Lieut.-Col. Pryce- Jones and the men that the battalion will go to the front as a unit, and the hope been strengthened by the report that Highland battalions now In training in Canada will be formed Into a Highland brigade. If this is so the boys will add" a special distinction to the name which they bear. The Kilties have three of the finest bands In the province. The battalion silver band has 29 pieces under Lieut. Richards. In addition there is a Pipe 22 pieces under Pipe Major Hosic, a resident of Medicine Hat. A bugle baud, composed of young Loth- bridge boys, completes the musical organizations. Following are some facts regarding the officers who will lead the 113th Leihbrldge Highlanders into action: LIEUT.-COLONEL A. W. PRYCE- JONES was appointed officer com- manding tho 113th Lethbrldge High landers Battalion shortly after the unit was authorized last November. Prior to coming here to take charge of the Kilties, Lieut-Col. Pryce-Jones was second In command of the Mrd Bat- alion of Edmonton, and his good re- cord as an officer in that unit led to his being chosen for the more respon- sible position. Lieut.-Col. Pryce-Jones was'connected with the militia in the Old Country, having been major in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He is a Welshman by birth, born in 1S70, son of Sir Pryco and Lady Eleanor Pryce- Jones of Newton, Wales. In 1910 he came to, Canada, residing at Calgary where for some time he was identified with the .big departmental store, Pryce-Jones, Limited. Lt.-Col. Pryce- Jones has been untiring in his efforts for the battalion and has the satis- faction of taking across the Atlantic one of the best units ever trained In Alberta: MAJOR G. HOWLAND. second in command of the Kilties, was a captain in the Battalion o! when he transferred to the 113th as junior major. He was later placed second In command and hat been In- defatigable In hll efforts to make the Lethbrtdge unit one of the but that ever went out of the province. He ofBctr's training course In Wlhhlpei, last January. Major Howlanft'UW'' active service in South Africa.; (CONTINDED ON PiOI 6) ;CAPT. L. ASQU1TH LT. THURBER CAPT. G. P. PORTER, Quartirmaiter CAPT. SCADDAN LT. SCHOLEY LT. LOWE IT. BUTLER ;