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Army Establishment Before The War

Volume 91: debated on Monday 25 March 1901

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I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what were the 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:—

At home.
Under 1 year's service28,245
Over 1 year's service65,072
Under 20 years of age28,183
Over 20 years of age65,134
Total in British Army.
Under 1 year's service30,302
Over 1 year's service168,487
Under 20 years of age32,663
Over 20 years of age166,120
The sergeants, drummers, and trumpeters are not classified as above, but amounted to 9,735 at home and 18,253 in all.