i am a new member of the Forum. I joined because I find my reading in military history continually draws me into aspects of the Victorian army.
My current interest is ti look at the career development of battalion 'middle management' in 1914. that is officer holding the rank of Captain or Major. My first surprise is that almost half of these career officers in 'County' infantry regiments were commissioned from the Militia during the Boer war bypassing formal military education at Sandhurst. I would like to understand this process and am hoping that I may 'borrow' the expertise of members of this Forum.
(i) I have a little information extracted from the evidence to the Elgin Commission that young men who exhibited 'officer material' left school and entered the militia for a very short time before becoming commissioned into the Regular army and shipped to S. Africa as junior officers. Can anyone provide me with information on this process, evidence of military training etc?
(ii) Young men commissioned from the embodied militia served several months before joining the regular army. What is the difference between (i) and (ii)?
(iii) any pointers to information on the process of being commissioned from militia to army during the Boer war would be much appreciated.
thank you in advance
heliwest wrote:The problem in the late Victorian period and for the Boer War is that Sandhurst (and Woolwich for the Gunners and Engineers) could not cope with the numbers required and the Militia was a way of getting young officers into the system. In many cases many were too thick to pass the exams which explains why "crammers" came into existence. After failing to get into Sandhurst they could join the Militia (influence helped) as explained and get in that way. However officers had to pass the militia exams to go forward. Once in the system they then had to get into the regular army and get a regiment. Google up the career of Robert Montague Poore who crept into the Wiltshire Milita , then into the Wiltshire Regiment and his father used "contacts" to get him into the 7 Hussars and then his career went forward. Incidentially he still holds the English County Cricket record for the highest sixth wicket stand set in 1899 and in that year played the full county cricket circuit as a regualar officer. Happy days.
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