Training Reserve remodelled in 1917

The structure of the Training Reserve that had existed since September 1916 was changed by Army Council Instruction 986 of 1917.

New recruits coming into this structure were conscripted under the terms of the Military Service Act 1918.

It would now be comprised of four different types of unit. The recruit would be progressed through a variety of these units depending on his exact circumstances

  1. Young Soldier Battalions
    1. For soldiers aged between 18 years and one month and 18 years and 5 months;
    2. Who were in medical categories A4, B1 and C1.
  2. Graduated Battalions
    1. For soldiers aged between and 18 years and 5 months and 19 years;
    2. Who were in medical categories A4, B1 and C1.
  3. Junior Training Reserve Battalions
    1. For soldiers aged under 18 years and 8 months;
    2. Who were in medical categories A4, B1 and C1 for Young Soldier Battalions and B2, B3, C2 and C3 for others.
  4. Senior Training Reserve Battalions
    1. For soldiers aged over 18 years and 8 months;
    2. Who were in medical categories B1, B2, B3, C1, C2 and C3.

New Training Reserve Battalions

TR Battalions (numbers)Command to which affilatedCommand responsible for posting recruitsCommand responsible for administration
1 to 15NorthernNorthernNorthern
16 to 20SouthernLondonEastern
21 to 32EasternEasternEastern
33 to 37SouthernSouthernSouthern
39 to 42ScottishScottishScottish
43 to 47EasternLondonSouthern
48 to 51WesternWesternWestern
52 to 56ScottishScottishScottish
57 to 66WesternWesternWestern
67 to 71WesternWesternNorthern
72 to 76WesternWesternWestern
77 to 79ScottishScottishScottish
80 to 91NorthernNorthernNorthern
92 to 96SouthernSouthernSouthern
97EasternLondonAldershot
98 to 107EasternEasternScottish
109 to 112SouthernLondonLondon

Links

Training Reserve as formed in 1916

The composition of the Young Soldier Battalion of the Training Reserve

The composition of the Graduated Battalion of the Training Reserve

The composition of the Junior or Senior Battalion of the Training Reserve

Syllabus of infantry training for Junior Training Reserve, Young Soldier and Graduated Battalions