HC Deb 26 October 1908 vol 194 c1598
MR. CARLILE (Hertfordshire, St. Albans)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether in view of the desirability of having stretcher-bearers or an ambulance section with each Territorial battalion during manœuvres while in brigade camp, he will modify the present arrangements under which these men work as an independent brigade unit, or whether he will require each battalion to furnish a stretcher-bearer or ambulance section for its own service in addition to the brigade unit.


Regimental stretcher bearers, to the number of sixteen, are included in the establishment of a Territorial Infantry battalion. They are, as I have already informed the House, formed from the bandsmen, and are trained for the duty. Their organisation, training and duties are the same as in the Regular Army, and they are not organised as part of an independent brigade unit, but do duty with their own battalion.