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THE WORK OF THE MARKSMEN
HISTORY of the Thirteenth would be incomplete without a reference, however brief, to the individual shooting of the men who have made the battalion famous for its marksman-ship.
Of note; 'Have by their skill contributed to the successful career of the Thirteenth as a shooting regiment" When one considers the fact that the winning of the " Queen's Prize " at Bisley means that the successful competitor must prove himself the best marksman from a picked 2,000 men, a fair realization of the skill required for such a performance will be obtained.
Many examples to include:
In 1889 Major Zealand won the battalion championship and his name runs concurrently with that of Major Ross (F.B.) through all the prize lists of the D.R.A for many years

Lieut. W. L. Ross, who made such a gallant fight for the Oueen's Prize in 1897. (Individually WLR finished 4th amongst all Bisley competitors of the British Empire Games of 1897).  1897 was the (60th) diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign, (1837-1897) and considered to be a much sought after accomplishment.
In 1881 Major F. B. Ross first distinguished himself by winning the battalion championship, a feat which he repeated in 1883 and 1890. FBR. was the older brother of WLR.

CAPTAINS OF THE THIRTEENTH BATTALION OF INFANTRY.
1. CAPTAIN AND BREVET MAJOR E. E. W. MOORE.
2. CAPTAIN AND BREVET MAJOR S. C. MEWBURN.
3. CAPTAIN AND BREVET MAJOR F. B. Ross.
4. CAPTAIN R. H. LABATT.
5. CAPTAIN J. H. HERRING.
6. CAPTAIN C. A. P. Powis.
7. CAPTAIN G. D. FEARMAN.
8 CAPTAIN W. H. BRUCE.

LIEUTENANTS OF THE THIRTEENTH BATTALION.
1. LIEUTENANT J. D. LAIDLAW.
2. LIEUTENANT F. R. WADDELL.
3. LIEUTENANT W. A. LOGIE.
4. LIEUTENANT C. G. BARKER.
5. LIEUTENANT W. R. MARSHALL.
6. LIEUTENANT R. A. ROBERTSON.
7. LIEUTENANT A. K. MCLAREN.
8. LIEUTENANT W. L. Ross.






Kolapore Cup (Bisley History) MATCH TWENTY-SIX - 1896
Fired on Friday 17 July 1896 at Bisley CANADA

Captain: Lt Col GR Starke
Adjutant: Maj J Bruce
Capt RJ Spearing 31 27 30 88
Lt J Ogg 30 31 27 88
Lt WL Ross 29 29 28 86
Capt JL Weller 26 31 25 82
Lt T Mitchell 27 26 28 81
SSgt TH Hayhurst 28 29 22 79
Sgt C Crowe 28 29 21 78
Pte MD Campbell 27 26 21 74

---- ---- ---- -----
Totals  226 228 202 656.

Canada placed first, champions of the British Empire for Bisley Rifle Shooting

MATCH TWENTY-SEVEN - 1897
Fired on Friday 16 July 1897 at Bisley

1897 was the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of her accession to the throne, this was the reason for so many teams in the Kolapore Cup (held in England, notin India).

This was the first year in which the .303 magazine rifle was used.

CANADA
Captain: Maj JJ Mason
Adjutant: Maj JS Dunbar
Sgt J Drysdale 31 34 31 96
Cpl CA Windatt 34 29 32 95
Capt WH Davidson 31 33 29 93
Lt WL Ross 31 31 29 91
Lt WC King 28 31 31 90
Sgt HC Blair 30 32 28 90
Sgt J Broadhurst 29 32 28 89
Tpr A Langstroth 25 32 30 87
---- ---- ---- ------
Totals 239 254 238 731
Canada placed fourth to Victoria's 751, New Zealand's 748, and England's 732 score
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