Topic: Soldiers' Load
Soldiers Load (Canadian Militia, 1870)
The prime necessities of a soldier on service, supposing him to be otherwise properly equipped, are food and ammunition.
Regulations and Orders for the Active Militia of the Dominion of Canada, 1870
When a Corps of Active Militia is ordered to be placed on actual service, the officer commanding ... will, at the first muster parade, personally ascertain that each man is in possession of the articles of equipment below enumerated, and will immediately report any deficiences to the district staff officer.
- 1 rifle with small stores complete.
- 1 set of accoutrements capable of carrying at least 60 rounds.
- 1 knapsack and straps complete, with canteen, or great coat straps in knapsacks have not been issued.
- 1 haversack.
- Sixty rounds of ball ammunition.
- 1 water bottle or canteen.
The following should be in every man's knapsack, provided by the men themselves:
- 1 change shirt, flannel or cotton.
- 1 change pair socks.
- 1 change boots or shoes.
- Needle and thread.
- Piece of soap.
When a corps placed on actual service is ordered away from its permanent headquarters, if the men be furnished with knapsacks, the Commanding Officer will not allow any of him men to take with them any article of baggage beyond their knapsacks. The prime necessities of a soldier on service, supposing him to be otherwise properly equipped, are food and ammunition.