Canada’s “Militia” Interim Training Report Appendix ‘E’, During The Season Of 1910.

 

                                                                                                             APPENDIX ‘E’.

 

INTERIM REPORT OF THE MILITIA COUNCIL FOR THE DOMINION OF CANADA ON THE TRAINING OF THE MILITIA DURING THE SEASON OF 1910.

  • To His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Albert Henry George, Earl Grey, Viscount Howick, Baron Grey of Howick, in the County of Northumberland’, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and a Baronet, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, d-c. d’c,n Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada.

May it Please Your Excellency:

The undersigned has the honour to present to Your Excellency an interim report on the training of the Militia of the Dominion of Canada, (hiring the-season of 1910; to be embodied at a later date in the Report of the Militia Council for the year ending March 31, 1911.

  • Respectfully submitted: F. W. BORDEN, Minister of Militia and Defence.

Department of Militia and Defence, Ottawa, March 1, 1911.

 

                                                                                                               REPORT.

  1. The accompanying report briefly outlines the general scheme of training carried out by the Canadian Militia during the season of 1910, and appended will be found the report of the Inspector-General on the results of that training. (Appendix A).

 

                                                                                                      Scheme of Training.

                                                                                                CITY AND RURAL CORPS.

  1. Early in the year a memorandum outlining the training of the Canadian Militia for 1910 was prepared and promulgated. It was divided into two parts: Part I, Training, and Part II, Administration in Camps of Instruction.
  2. Under Part I, detailed syllabuses for the training of each arm in camps and at local headquarters were laid down. The syllabuses, except on the case of musketry, were intended as a general guide, which might be varied at the discretion of the officer in charge of commands, independent districts or camps of training.
  3. In consequence of the very short period of training, sixteen days for Artillery and twelve days for other “arms, the syllabuses were arranged to provide just sufficient drill and manoeuvre to enable troops to co-operate and act together in the field. Practically all ceremonial movements were eliminated, and prominence given to tactical work in the field, with special importance attached to:—
  • Attack and defence.
  • Information and reconnaissance.
  • Orders, reports and protection.
  1. Also, corps training at local headquarters were obliged to carry out one practical tactical exercise in the field in addition to their musketry and drill training.
  2. The following courses of instruction were authorized and carried out in camps of training:—
  • Tactical.
  • Engineers.
  • Infantry.
  • Supply and transport.
  • Medical.
  • Ordnance.
  • Signalling.
  • Veterinary.
  1. A curriculum for each course was given, that for the practical course including practical training and tactical schemes in the field under a general staff officer specially appointed from headquarters. Special training in reconnaissance and in the work of other arms was arranged at each district camp for the Corps of Guides.

 

                                                                                                    PERMANENT FORCE.

  1. Units of the Permanent Force were required to undergo the usual course of training laid down for the Regular Army in the manuals of each arm.

Cavalry—

  • September to March—Individual instruction.
  • March and April—Troop training.
  • May—Squadron training.
  • June and July—In camps of training.
  • August—Squadron training.

Horse Artillery—

  • September to March— Winter training (including battery manoeuvre).
  • April and May—Battery training.
  • June and July—In camps of training.
  • August—Combined and battery training.

Infantry—

  • September to March—Individual instruction.
  • April and May—Company and battalion training.
  • June and July—In camps of training.
  • Return showing Number of Officers and Men of the Active Militia Trained during the year 1910.
  1. The following return shows the number of officers and men of the Active Militia trained during the year 1910:—
Canada’s “Militia” Interim Training Report Appendix 'E',  1910. 1.

Canada’s “Militia” Interim Training Report Appendix ‘E’, 1910. 1.

 

  1. The following courses were authorized and carried out at the Royal Schools of Instruction during the year:—Special, Short, Long, and Staff courses at Halifax, N.S., Fredericton, N.B., Quebec, Que., St. Jean, Que., Kingston, Ont., Toronto, Ont., London, Ont., Winnipeg, Man., and Esquimalt, B.C. In addition, Provincial Schools of Instructions were held at the following points:
  • Artillery: Cobourg, Ont., Montreal, Que., Victoria, B.C.
  • Infantry: Brandon, Man., Truro, N.S., Brantford, Ont., Westville, N.S., Calgary, Alta., Edmonton, Alta., Kenora, Ont., Kingston, Ont., Montreal, Que., Port Hope, Ont., St. Hyacinthe, Que., St. John, N.B.
  • Canadian Army Service Corps: Toronto, Ont.
  • Medical: Winnipeg, Man.
  • School Teachers, Cadet Instructors: Calgary, Alta.

Militia Staff Courses.

  1. Militia Staff Courses, theoretical and practical, were carried out at Quebec, Montreal, Halifax, Kingston and Toronto, by general staff officers from the Royal Military College and Militia Staff. The practical portion and examinations were held at Petawawa.

Instruction in Military Subjects at Canadian Universities.

  1. The usual prescribed course of lectures in military subjects qualifying university candidates for commissions in the Regular Army and in the Canadian Permanent Force was arranged with the authorities of McGill University, and Staff Officers were detailed to lecture at McGill on the following subjects:—
  • Military history, military tactics, military engineering, military topography, military law and military administration.

Musketry.

  1. The musketry syllabus laid down for 1910 was practically similar to that of 1908-09.
  2. The limited time available is of necessity devoted to preliminary training and range firing at 100 and 200 yards. Special attention was paid to systematic and progressive instruction by means of tripods, sub-target rifle machines and gallery ammunition.

 

                                                                                     SCHOOL OF MUSKETRY.

  1. Two courses of this school were held during 1910, one special, at Long Branch Ranges, July 7, and the regular Autumn course at Rockliffe, September 8, 1910.
  2. The attendance at these courses, and the results of examinations are as follows:—

                       RESULTS OF EXAMINATIONS, SUMMER COURSE, CANADIAN SCHOOL OF MUSKETRY.

  • Officers Attending…29…Qualified…26…Failed…3.
  • Cadet Instructors…..16…….”……….16……”…..0…
  • Non-Com. Officers..13…….”…………8……”…..5…
Canada’s “Militia” Interim Training Report Appendix 'E', 1910. 2

Canada’s “Militia” Interim Training Report Appendix ‘E’, 1910. 2

 

The special course held at Long Branch Ranges extended over a period of three weeks and was designed to impart such instruction as is considered necessary for preliminary training of recruits and the proper carrying on of musketry practices. No certificates were granted, but the names of successful candidates were published in Militia Orders as being qualified as Musketry Instructors. Arrangements were made so that school teachers could take advantage of this training in musketry.

  1. The certificates obtained from the Canadian School of Musketry are to be accepted in future as equivalent to a qualification at the School of Musketry, Hythe or at one of the Schools of Musketry in India.

 

Canada’s “Militia” Interim Training Report Appendix 'E', 1910. 3.

Canada’s “Militia” Interim Training Report Appendix ‘E’, 1910. 3.

 

                                                                                                               Efficiency.

                                                                                                   PERMANENT FORCE.

  1. As regards the general efficiency in Signalling of the several units of the Permanent Force, ‘A’ Squadron Royal Canadian Dragoons. ‘A’ Battery. Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, No. 1 Company, Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery and the Royal Canadian Regiment, Halifax, N.S., (six companies inspected collectively), took first place in their respective arms.

                                                                                                            ARTILLERY.

  1. The result of the General Efficiency competition was as follows:—

Field—

  • 21st Battery 1st.
  • 3rd ” 2nd.
  • 23rd ” 3rd.

Garrison—

  • 2nd Regiment, Canadian Garrison Artillery 1st.
  • 4th ” ” ” 2nd.
  • 1st ” ” ” 3rd.

Signalling Corps—

  • No. 3 Section, Kingston 1st.
  • No. 9 ” Salt Springs, N.S 2nd.
  • No. 10 ” Winnipeg 3rd.

Cavalry and Infantry—

  • 38th Regiment 1st.
  • 63rd ” 2nd.
  • 91st ” 3rd.
  1. The inspection of the rural corps (Cavalry and Infantry) of the several commands showed a satisfactory improvement. The following corps were first and second, respectively:—
  • Maritime Provinces Command 82nd Regiment.
  • ” ” ” 93rd Regiment.
  • Quebec Command 11th Regiment.
  • ” ” ” 11th Hussars.
  • Eastern Ontario Command 46th Regiment.
  • ” ” ” 47th Regiment.
  • Western Ontario Command 77th Regiment.
  • ” ” ” 33rd Regiment.

                                                                                                          CADET CORPS.

  1. The Dundas Public School Cadet Corps was first, and the Brantford Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps was second.
  • E. F. JARVIS, Secretary, the Militia Council.

 

 

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