HC Deb 19 July 1897 vol 51 cc405-6

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether at the Aldershot Review the average strength of the 4-gun field batteries was 48 men and 48 horses; whether in the Field Organisation. 166 men and 131 horses are the regulation strength; whether these batteries are included in the Second Army Corps, and what number of men and horses in each battery would be wanted to complete for foreign service; and where would he propose to obtain them


The average strength parade of the three field batteries which, on the 1st inst., paraded with four guns each was, per battery, 52 men and 48 horses. The average strength at Aldershot of the same batteries was, per bat cry, 136 men and 70 horses. Their war strength would be 166 men and 131 horses, and on mobilisation this strength would be completed from the Reserve. Two of these batteries which had just been placed On the six-gun establishment, turned out only four guns. that day as they had not completed their strength.