§ MR. LAMBERT
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what were the 1093 numbers of regular soldiers in this country immediately before the South African War over the age of 20, and with one year's service; under the age of twenty, and with less than one year's service; reservists; also, what were the total numbers in each class belonging to the British Army.
The numbers of the rank and file on the 1st October, 1899, were as follow:—
The sergeants, drummers, and trumpeters are not classified as above, but amounted to 9,735 at home and 18,253 in all.
At home. Under 1 year's service 28,245 Over 1 year's service 65,072 Under 20 years of age 28,183 Over 20 years of age 65,134 Reservists 81,163 Total in British Army. Under 1 year's service 30,302 Over 1 year's service 168,487 Under 20 years of age 32,663 Over 20 years of age 166,120