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How big is a Cavalry Regiment

Each Regiment consisted of a headquarters, three squadrons of four troops each, and a machine gun section.

The Headquarters consisted of:

  • Commanded - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Second in Command - Major
  • Adjutant
  • Quarter Master
  • Signals Officer - Subaltern
  • Medical Officer
  • Veterinary Officer
  • Regimental Sergeant Major - Warrant Officer
  • Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Transport Sergeant
  • Orderly Room Clerk
  • Signaller Sergeant
  • Sergeant Trumpeter
  • Sergeant Cook
  • Farrier Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Saddler Sergeant
  • Saddletree-maker
  • 5 Signallers
  • 2 Orderlies for the M.O.
  • 7 Drivers
  • 13 Batmen


  • Armourer Sergeant (AOC)
  • Corporal & 2 Privates for Water Duties (RAMC)

Machine Gun Section:

  • Subaltern
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • 14 Privates
  • 8 Drivers
  • 2 Batmen

3 Squadrons consisting of:

  • Major
  • Captain
  • 4 Subalterns
  • Squadron Sergeant Major
  • Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant
  • 8 Sergeants
  • Farrier Sergeant
  • 4 Shoeing-smiths (including a Corporal)
  • Saddler
  • 2 Trumpeters
  • 8 Corporals
  • 104 Privates
  • 3 Signallers (including a Corporal)
  • 7 Drivers
  • 12 Batmen

The total strength of the Regiment including attached personnel was 549 Ranks.

For more details on a Cavalry Regiment see WFA Military Fact Sheet No. 5

Martin Hornby with acknowledgement to Ron Clifton

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 May 2008 12:51 )  

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