Topic: Canadian Militia
Sergeants of the 7th Fusiliers in 1895.
Kensington Camp (1874)
Strength of Battalions—The Daily Routine—Target Practice
The Daily Advertiser, London, Ont.; 8 September 1874
Last evening the camp was completed by the arrival of the 22nd Oxford Rifles, and to-day the whole plain is dotted with snow white tents to the number of three or four hundred. Even at this early day the camp looks well, the many bright colored flags marking the various headquarters and other prominent points, increasing the attractive appearance of the encampment. Visitors, of whom there were a good many, find much to enjoy and interest them in a trip through the lines.
The strength of the several corps on the ground is as follows:
- 7th Battalion; 8 companies, 25 officers, 280 rank and file, and 26 band.
- 24th Battalion; including two independent corps, 8 companies, 300 of all ranks.
- 26th Battalion; 7 companies, 21 officers, 270 rank and file, 21 band.
- 22nd Battalion; 24 officers, 324 rank and file, including band.
- The London Field Battery; 4 officers, 86 non-commissioned officers and men.
- The Cavalry; 4 troops, 12 officers, 141 rank and file.
Making a total of about 1,500 men all ranks.
The Daily Routine
The daily routine, as at present fixed by Brigade orders, is:
- reveille at 6 a.m., at which hour a gun will be fired by the artillery;
- breakfast at 8 a.m.;
- squad and company drill at 7 a.m.;
- commanding officer's parade at 10:30 a.m.
- dinner at 1 p.m.;
- guard mounting at 2 p.m.;
- afternoon drill at 3 p.m.;
- tea at 5 p.m.;
- tattoo at 9 p.m.;
- lights out at 10 p.m.;
- retreat at 6 p.m., at which hour a gun will be fired by the artillery.
The Rifle Ranges
The rifle ranges at the coves were occupied to-day by five companies of the 7th Battalion. The shooting as a whole was poor, far below the average, though some excellent individual scores were made.