22nd Depot Battalion, Stirling

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22nd Depot Battalion, Stirling

Postby Ron Abbott » 18 Sep 2017 22:46

I recently surfaced Pipe-Major (Sergeant 2241) Angus MacLeod of the 79th Highlanders in a newspaper article in 1862 purporting that he was Pipe-Major of the 22nd Depot Battalion, Stirling; that year.

Yet his service records only mention him being a Sergeant at the time....with appointment to Pipe-Major in 1864 which he kept until in 1865 (at the 79th's Depot).

Grateful if someone could advise what the 22nd Depot Battalion was and how it fitted into the army's structure!

(I also recently surfaced mention of the 23rd Depot Battalion at Aberdeen, when researching another piper)

Thanks in advance.

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Re: 22nd Depot Battalion, Stirling

Postby Frogsmile » 25 Sep 2017 22:25

Ron, the numbered depots began during the Crimean War and pre-dated the depots formed from Cardwell's Territorialisation scheme of 1873, which paired battalions of regiments numbered above 25th.

The 22nd Depot battalion was at Stirling and the 23rd Depot battalion was at Fort George. Each Depot contained a number of companies comprised of details from the regiments that the Depot supported.

You can read about this numbered system here: https://web.archive.org/web/20051226131 ... t/1856.htm
The pipe major was an appointment for a sergeant at the depot concerned.
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Re: 22nd Depot Battalion, Stirling

Postby Ron Abbott » 26 Sep 2017 22:32

Frogsmile wrote:Ron, the numbered depots began during the Crimean War and pre-dated the depots formed from Cardwell's Territorialisation scheme of 1873, which paired battalions of regiments numbered above 25th.

The 22nd Depot battalion was at Stirling and the 23rd Depot battalion was at Fort George. Each Depot contained a number of companies comprised of details from the regiments that the Depot supported.

You can read about this numbered system here: https://web.archive.org/web/20051226131 ... t/1856.htm
The pipe major was an appointment for a sergeant at the depot concerned.





Thanks Frogsmile, appreciated.
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