HC Deb 06 July 1871 vol 207 cc1216-7

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether any men and horses, over and above its existing establishment, marched from Aldershot with the Field Battery, which took part in the recent Review at Bushey Park; and, if so, how many; whether such men and horses were supplied by any, and what reserve; and, if not, from what source they were obtained; and, whether he is willing to give a statement in detail of the reserve, which according to a statement by the Financial Secretary will suffice, after filling up all the batteries to a war strength, to leave a residue of 5,000 men?


Sir, the field battery that marched from Aldershot to Bushey Park had no men over and above its existing establishment, but took 21 horses over the peace establishment of a field battery, for the purpose of horsing extra carriages which accompanied the battery. These horses were lent by another field battery for reasons of economy. With reference to the third part of the Question, the organization of the Artillery at home is such that all the batteries of horse and field artillery at home—that is, 16 batteries of horse artillery and 40 batteries of field artillery, can be put upon the home war footing, and 12 batteries additional of field artillery formed upon the same footing, and there would still be left 5,000 gunners of garrison artillery for the defence of the fortresses.