Minutes of the Second Meeting
28th Sept 1914
Present: Lord Southampton; Col. Darwin; Mr. W. Cresswell Gray; Capt. Tristram;
Capt. Roberts; Col. Bowes; Col. R. Burdon
The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The list of gentlemen appointed temporarily was corrected. It was decided that an early opportunity should be taken to allot positions to these gentlemen; and to secure that a commission be granted to them. It was decided to accept no more officers for commissions at
present (unless some exceptionally valuable officer present himself) in order that vacancies might be retained for the promotion of candidates from the ranks.
Colonel Bowes mentioned that a considerable quantity of clothing was expected at a very short delivery.
Captain Tristram reported that only 568 officers and men could be accommodated in the house and out buildings at present; and it was decided to at once ascertain how many huts would be required for additional accommodation for the whole Battalion; what the best position for these huts would be; and Colonel Burdon was instructed
that tenders should be invited for them; and to obtain the necessary permission to proceed immediately from the G.O.C in C.
On the question of the telephone Colonel Burdon was instructed to request the Postal Authorities to at once put a telephone in; and he was further instructed to obtain the leave of the G.O.C in C. that this should be done at public expense.
Colonel Burdon was also instructed to press the question of the medical examination of officers being conducted by a local man.
On the question of the wet and dry Canteen, it was decided to accept Messrs Speedings’ tender, by telegram, on the 24th inst, subject to such reduction as could be obtained, if any.
Colonel Burdon announced that additional subscriptions up to date – including £5 from Col. Darwin, and £50 from Sir Thomas Wrightson – amounted altogether to £5550.