National Reserve.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Brigadier-General Richard Colvin Brigadier-General Richard Colvin , Epping

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asked the Secretary of State for War what was the total strength of the National Reserve before the War; what was their annual cost; and how many were re-enlisted for the War?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

The strength of the National Reserve on 1st January, 1914, was 217,680 and the Estimates for 1914–15 provided £43,500 for 250,000. No figures are available at the War Office as to the actual number of re-enlistments for the War, but the number who had previously registered as undertaking to enlist on emergency either in the Regular Army or Territorial Force was about 150,000, and these men, in general, carried out their undertaking.

Photo of Brigadier-General Richard Colvin Brigadier-General Richard Colvin , Epping

Is there any intention of re-constituting the National Reserve?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I think that we had better deal with that tomorrow on the Estimates rather than today.