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THE FOUNDING OF A REGIMENT - January 19th 1900 9 years 10 months ago #2085

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January 19th, 1900:

Following telegram sent by Lord Strathcona to Minister Militia and Defence:-

"Following suggestions by Adjutant General about my force begins:-

3 Squadrons mounted rifles, organization specify Militia Order No. 265, 20th December; each 162 men, 165 horses with necessary regimental staff, men armed with .303 rifle and bayonet. Should bring all personal equipment, including arms, accoutrements, clothing, 2 blankets, waterproof sheet. Each regimental transport, all camp equipment, as tents, saddlery, stabling equipment and picketting gear. Water carts and ammunition cart. One machine gun, detachment with 2 machine guns to be on tripod mountings.

Each man should have 500 rounds .303 ammunition mark 2 (no other mark permissible) and 50,000 rounds each machine gun Mark 2 rounds.

These are suggestions only for your guidance, and may be departed from both as to squadrons and men.

I am quite prepared to increase force to 450 or 500 men, but only _ if they, and the horses, can go on one ship."

January 19th. 1900:

Telegram from Sir Frederick Borden:

"Feel honored in being privileged to co-operate. Please command me fullest extent. Shall return Ottawa Tuesday noon."
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