Andre Chissel wrote:Dear all,
My understanding is that during the 2nd Anglo Boer War, an Infantry Captain was a Company commander.
Given that a Battalion Commander was a Lieutenant Colonel, what was a Major in command of and how many Majors were there in a typical Infantry Battalion ?
Jonathan wrote:This is not an area in which I have much experience or knowledge, but looking through the Army List for 1900 one can get a sense of the numbers of any (officer) rank in a given regiment. Looking through the first five infantry regiments there were between 8 and 11 majors per regiment. In each of those regiments, 2 majors are listed as "2nd in command" and the rest are simply majors.
This link may only work in the US, but here is a copy of the Army List for 1900 so you can see for yourself:
http://books.google.com/books?id=amJEAQ ... &q&f=false
Jonathan wrote:Here is a random example--The Cheshire Regiment, 1st & 2nd battalions from the 1900 Army List. The militia and volunteer battalions are listed separately with their own officers.
Andre Chissel wrote:Wonderful - Thank you - I don't know what else to say - well once condensed down that will be another footnote to add to a page - essentially a Wing Commander - and that was before aircraft made an appearance !
Thank you Gentlemen
Andre Chissel wrote:Oh !
And I was trying to be a smart alec - trying to crack a funny lol - That will teach me !
zerostate wrote:Circa 1893, Home establishment battalions had one Lieutenant Colonel, three Majors, six Captains, eight Lieutenants, four Second Lieutenants, one Adjutant, and one Quarter Master. One of the three listed Majors would be 'mounted' and be the second in command, the other two would command companies. It should be noted that the Adjutant could also be a Major in some circumstances IIRC and the QM could (rarely) be an Honorary Major (i.e., was accorded the respect as if a Major but did not hold any field command).
For the same period, Foreign Service establishment battalions had one mounted Major and three dismounted (as company commanders, with only five captains, a total of sixteen subalterns plus the Adj, QM, and an MO).
I think these officer establishments persisted to the Boer War. I don't have my detailed notes of Boer War establishments or Hart's Annuals to hand to double check for sure though.
Jonathan wrote:Hart's Annual Army List provides a bit more detail regarding officers' assignments and the battalions in which they served. Here is The Cheshire Regiment once again, from the 1899 Hart's List:
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