HC Deb 20 February 1900 vol 79 c571

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he can see his way to avoid, as likely to be misunderstood by those not acquainted with military phraseology, the official use of the term, "army corps," except when applied to two or more organised divisions, united under one commander, with a corps staff and corps troops; and whether, instead, he will enumerate troops in the field, and those called out for home defence, by divisions, brigades, or smaller units, according to the commanders and staffs actually doing duty with them, to make clear that these terms represent units of organisation, as in Continental armies, and are not units of numeration which can be arrived at by simple division of the total force.


I fear that my hon. and gallant friend's suggestion would lead to confusion and constant repetition. It is well known that by an army corps we mean in this country two cavalry regiments, twenty-five infantry battalions, eighteen batteries field artillery and two Royal Horse artillery, with a proportion of Royal Engineers and Army Service Corps.