HC Deb 17 February 1914 vol 58 c786W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give the present strength, non-commissioned officers and rank and file, of the Regular Army in the British Isles; and the number of boys under twenty years of age now serving in the ranks?

Colonel SEELY

The strength of non-commissioned officers and men on 1st January was 115,623, and there were 28,075 rank and file under twenty years of age. No figures are available showing the ages of trumpeters, drummers, and buglers.