HC Deb 17 July 1912 vol 41 c408W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether 120 recruits, and, if not, what number of recruits, were required this year to bring the 6th Battery of the 2nd London Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, Territorial Force, to its full strength of 145; and, if so many recruits were necessary, would this battery be considered fit to defend the country this year or next; and, further, does this condition of affairs exist in other batteries of the Territorial Force?

Colonel SEELY

Since the 1st January this battery has recruited 104 men. The headquarters of the battery have recently been transferred from Woolwich to Eltham, and a number of men were transferred from this battery to the other batteries of the brigade remaining at Woolwich. This necessitated a large influx of recruits. This condition of affairs is quite peculiar to the battery in question.