Topic: Canadian Militia
Total Establishment of the Canadian Forces (1897)
The Daily Telegraph, Quebec, P.Q., 14 October 1897
The total establishment of the permanent force and active militia of Canada for 1897-98 is 36,188 of all ranks, and 3,551 horses, made up as follows:—
- Permanent force,
- Cavalry, all ranks, 145 men and 101 horses,
- Artillery, 340 men and 78 horses,
- Infantry, 317 men and 4 horses;
[This is] an increase over last year of two men and one horse. The cavalry is increased from 132 to 145, and the artillery and infantry reduced from 344 to 340 and 324 to 317 respectively.
- Active militia,
- Cavalry, all ranks, 2,383, and increase of 268,
- horses, 2,181 instead of 1,940;
- Artillery, 4,052 men and and 835 horses;
- , 212, and increase of 61;
- , 28,739 men and 352 horses, a reduction of 223 men and 3 horses.
Of the whole force the increase is 353 men and 679 horses.
The following are the changes in the 7th Military District:—
Total strength of "B" Battery is 43 officers and men, and 23 horses. A veterinary lieutenant has been added to the force, and one gunner reduced. No. 1 and 2 companies of the R.C.A. are reduced by four. While a major, a captain and an orderly room clerk have been added, a lieutenant and six gunners have been reduced, leaving the present total strength 167 officers and men, and seven horses.
The Queen's Own Canadian Hussars, which formerly consisted of two troops, is now a squadron with one major, one captain, two lieutenants, two second lieutenants, surgeon-major, veterinary lieutenant, and paymaster, the ranks of adjutant and quartermaster being absorbed, as well as several of the non-commissioned ranks, which now consists of nine instead of eleven, the reduction being in the regimental sergeant-major and troops sergeant-majors, there being but one of the latter at present.
The First Field Battery is now a six-gun battery, with a total strength of 102 men, of all ranks, instead of 79, and 49 horses instead of 29, necessitating an increase of one officer, two sergeants, two corporals, two bombardiers, two trumpeters, thirteen gunners and two drivers.
The Quebec Garrison Artillery company detached from the Levis companies, 100 strong, as follows: One major, one captain, two lieutenants, one second lieutenant, one company sergeant-major, quartermaster sergeant, four sergeants, four corporals, four bombardiers, one trumpeter, and eighty gunners.
The total rank and file of the Royal Rifles remains the same as last year, 278 men instead of 277 (the addition being a paymaster), made up of twenty-six officers, six staff-sergeants (an addition of six), eighteen corporals, six drummers or buglers, twenty-four bandsmen, and 180 privates. There is a reduction of six privates to make up for the increase of sergeants.
The strength of the Ninth Battalion is 368, same as formerly, the only change being twenty-four instead of eighteen sergeants.