42nd annual exhibition and prize drill, June 11, 1927

Title:

42nd annual exhibition and prize drill, June 11, 1927

Creator:

D'Onofrio, Jayne M.

Publisher:

Wakefield, Mass. : Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department,

Date:

1993

Description:

Photo courtesy of the late Henry J. Furness, Sr..

"Members of the Wakefield High School Battalion participated in an annual exhibition and prize drill held at Wakefield Common. The 1927 event started with a parade from the Wakefield High School to the 'Park' led by the Lowell High School Regimental Band. Four companies were accompanied by 'young lady sponsors' who carried balloons and shakers of the colors of their respective companies. A small group of St. Joseph's cadets were also in the parade. The first event was the battalion review, followed by the exhibition in mass physical drill by all cadets, the senior competitive drill, the company competitive drill and the junior competitive drill. The individual winners of each drill received medals, some of which included the Wakefield medal (won by Walter Doyle), the Richardson Medal (won by Leo Beane) and the Walton Medal (won by Lawrence Churchill). Company B, Captained by George McMasters, won the company competitive drill for their execution of several difficult maeuvers 'in fine style, and for their proficiency in the manual of arms.' Several of the officers were awarded commissions at the conclusion of the event. Following the drill competition, the girls, dressed in their company's colors, marched around the field and presented the boys with balloons and shakers." -- Text from calendar by Jayne M. D'Onofrio.

Subject:

Marching drills -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield -- Pictorial works.

Wakefield (Mass.) -- History -- Pictorial works.

Collection :

Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department calendars

Tags :

Citation :

D'Onofrio, Jayne M., "42nd annual exhibition and prize drill, June 11, 1927," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #12055, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/12055 (accessed April 25, 2014).