HC Deb 25 February 1875 vol 222 c841

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it has recently been found necessary to supply sets of accoutrements for the Infantry of the Line of a size smaller than has previously been used, and at what period this alteration commenced?


The valise equipment was introduced into the Army in 1868. The braces for this equipment were issued in three sizes. In March, 1874, it was reported by the officer commanding the rifle depot that the smallest size was too large for men of 5 feet 5 inches. A fourth size was, therefore, added in October, 1874.