HC Deb 26 October 1916 vol 86 c1337W

asked the Secretary of State for War how many men of military age are employed in the Army Schools Department; and whether, in view of the fact that the work of these men could be equally well done by men above military age or by women, he will make arrangements to permit them to join combatant units?


There are 230 Army schoolmasters of military age in the United Kingdom. Almost the whole of these Army schoolmasters, who are warrant officers, are employed in teaching soldiers. This is work which could not be done by women and for which qualified teachers above military age are not procurable. Army schoolmasters are enlisted men who have been specially trained for the teaching of young soldiers their curriculum, including military map reading, military accounts, military correspondence and calculations, sanitation, and the laws of health.