One result of this failure was that Whitty and his companions found themselves stranded in Lahore on Christmas morning wholly devoid of funds, and were only able to complete the three day return journey to Quetta by borrowing money from a friendly Sergeant of another Corps.
Whitty’s next big prize meeting was that of the Bombay Presidency Rifle Association at Poona, to which station the 1st Battalion had moved in 1890. At this meeting he was highly successful, as he won the Championship and Gold Medal of the Bombay Army. He repeated this success in 1892, and also won the Silver Medal of the National Rifle Association of England, which was shot for at the Poona Meeting.
Meanwhile the disastrous Meerut venture of 1889 had continued to rankle, and in 1893 another opportunity of attending the Bengal meeting presented itself (this time from Kamptee), which was gladly accepted. There was no failure on this occasion, as Whitty returned to his Battalion with the Championship Medal of the Bengal Presidency Rifle Association, and also with the Medal of the Southern India Rifle Association for the best long range aggregate.
From then onwards Whitty was always sure of a place in the Regimental Team, and was, by general consent, regarded as its Captain.
The 1st Battalion arrived at Tregantle from India in 1896, and the following year found Whitty at Bisley for the first time, where he met with immediate and marked success; and with the exception of the years of the Great War and one year when he was in South Africa with the 3rd Battalion he has attended Bisley regularly ever since, and has rarely failed in keeping his end up there for the Regiment.
Since 1897 he has had many individual shooting successes, including the Championships of the Western District, the Aldershot, Irish, and Southern Commands, but (except his captaincy of the teams of the 3rd Battalion which won the Queen Victoria Cup on five occasions) it is his very long connection with Army Teams at Bisley, both rifle and revolver, that he looks back on with most pride. His “Army VIII” jewel, awarded to those who have shot in the “VIII,” bears no less than 23 bars, indicating that he has been a member of the Army Team at Bisley on 23 occasions. He was elected by the Committee of the Army Rifle Association as Captain of the Army VIII in 1924 to 1928, since when he has been Coach to the VIII.
Prior to the Great War no regular soldier could shoot for the King’s Prize at Bisley, as it was reserved entirely to Volunteers and Territorials. After the War it was felt that such a restriction would be invidious, and the prize was therefore thrown open to anyone who had served or was serving in any branch of His Majesty’s Forces. Since he has been eligible to shoot for the King’s Prize, Colonel Whitty has won a place in the final 100 on four occasions. In 1924 he finished 10th in the final, and in 1931, in his 65th year, he succeeded in winning a place in the final 100 of both the St. George’s and in the King’s. He had never before managed the double event.
Lieut.-Col. A. Whitty