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Internal Organisation of TF Battalions


Hoplophile
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The order (effective on 1 October 1913) that converted all Regular Army infantry battalions to the new four-company structure did not apply to the Territorial Force.

Can anyone tell me when the Territorial Force battalions finally switched to the new organisation?

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Guest Man of Kent

I understand the year was 1914, but I'm afraid I cannot quote a precise date. I have read however, that even by August - Dec 1914, one battalion at least still operated the 8 company system, i.e 2nd Btn Royal West Kents.

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6th Bn DLI (TF) changed from 8 to 4 companies in December 1914.

8th Bn (TF) History says ' August 1914... at this date the n was still organised into 8 companies (the 4 company organisation not being authorised for Territorial Bns til some weeks later)'

Tony

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From the 1/8 Battalion The Royal Scots in The European War 1914-1918

ORGANISATION

Battalion proceeded overseas 4 November 1914,with 8 Companies

Made into 4 Companies in February 1915

Reduced to 3 Companies in February 1918

Became Pioneer Battalion,27th July 1915

Returned to Haddington,30th April 1919.

George

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For 1/5 Seaforth it was 30 Jan 15

From the Cairnie diaries at

http://www.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/memoir/cairnie1915.htm

" Today the new double company system was inaugurated and henceforth we form, along with 'F', the new 'C'. We are all sorry to bid goodbye to the old state of affairs, which seemed to work very well, and in which we were all very happy. We aren't keen on 'F' as they are a pretty rough and coarse crowd, but no doubt will improve on acquaintance."

Jock

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1/4 West Riding Regt - 15 Jan 1915

charlie

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Thanks again to all who provided information about specific cases. I now have lots of examples that allow me to make an educated guess at a pattern.

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