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Re: Patrick Devine - 12th Regiment
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 10 March 21 17:41 GMT (UK) »
Probably a very silly question - but what was the role of the depot companies?

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Re: Patrick Devine - 12th Regiment
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 10 March 21 17:48 GMT (UK) »
Probably a very silly question - but what was the role of the depot companies?

They were where a man reported to receive his initial training Rose (usually a few weeks).  They were also administrative centres for the 'service battalion'(s) deployed elsewhere, whether overseas, or in a garrison somewhere in the UK.  If a man was 'time expired' (contract completed) overseas he would generally ship back and report to the depot where he would be de-kitted and discharged back to his home (free passage).  The same thing applied to officers.  Think of it as an administrative hub.

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Re: Patrick Devine - 12th Regiment
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 10 March 21 17:56 GMT (UK) »
Ah, I see! Thank you.


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Re: Patrick Devine - 12th Regiment
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 10 March 21 18:01 GMT (UK) »
Ah, I see! Thank you.

The Depot Companies regularly moved around so that there was always the novelty value of a new regiment arriving to recruit.  This stopped recruiting from becoming too stale.  It also connected with the different uniforms and insignia, as well as the fame of the various regiments.  A young lad might like the fur cap of a fusilier, or the dark green uniform of a Rifle regiment.  Think 'celebrity', it's not a new concept, and some regiments were more celebrated than others.  The locations for the Depot Companies were usually near a seaport or inland port so that transporting the recruits once they were trained was easier.