Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:07 am
So, my questions are now; upon general mobilisation :-
a) Did both the Regular reserve and Special Reserve feed into a regiment's 3rd (and 4th) Battalion on general mobilisation ?
b ) Was the 3rd (and 4th as appropiate) Battalion the sole means of bringing a home-based regular battalion up to war strength upon general mobilisation ?
c) Was the manpower of a 3rd Battalion sourced wholly or substantially from within its own regimental recruitment area ?
a)The Special Reserve were the regiments 3rd(Reserve) & 4th(Extra Reserve)Bns and were mobilised into these units. Regular Reservists rejoined at the Depot and those found surplus at the Depot on rejoining would be fed into the 3rd(Res) & 4th(Extra Res) for re-training & re-equipping. Surplus meaning those being unfit, too old, too young etc.
b)The Regiments own Regular Reserve was the first choice followed by those of the Regiments 3rd(Res) & 4th(Extra Res), who were fit, trained and had completed the musketry course.
c)No - the regimental recruiting area even before the war extended well outside of the Regimental District. On the outbreak of the War the Depot was also the main source of the initial "Kitcheners Army" recruits coming forward, these in the main were local to the area changing the concept of recruitment in the Army. The Depot's were then forming Service Battalions from these recruits and moving them on with a small cadre of Regulars/Reservists, who would assist in training them.
There was a booklet called "Regulations for Mobilisation", which detailed everything concerning mobilisation on the outbreak of War. I have a copy for 1912, but it was amended in 1914. However it didn't take into account the scale of what was to come in August 1914 and so everything had to virtually re-written.
The 3rd(Res) & 4th(Extra Res)Bns continued to function as written in becoming a training and drafting unit's for the 1st & 2nd Bn's, but they would also send reinforcing drafts to other units, when required - e.g. 3rd DLI supplied a load of reinforcements to the NF.