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and the Permanent Force, a grand total of 101,560,—meaning that an army almost equal to the total forces of Napoleon and Wellington at Waterloo had been organised in eight months in a country that never expected to have any need for a great army.
The War Office conveyed its heartfelt thanks to Canada for the work the Dominion had done hitherto and suggested that His Majesty's Government would accept with deep gratitude even a larger force than that outlined in Sir Robert Borden's speech of April 10th, 1915. In fact, to quote the words of the late Lord Kitchener: "It is difficult for us to place a limit upon the numbers of men that may be required in this devastating war. No numbers which the Dominion Government are able and willing to provide with arms and ammunition would be too great for His Majesty's Government to accept with deep gratitude."
On the 15th of June, 1915, Mr. Bonar Law, on behalf of the Army Council, wrote suggesting that it would be advantageous, when the 2nd Division took the field, to join the two Divisions into an Army Corps: an arrangement which it was believed would be in accordance with the wishes of the Canadian Government. In order to complete the corps organization the following units were asked for—provided the Canadian organization could supply them:
1 Battalion, Infantry.
2 Fortress Companies, Royal Engineers.
1 Corps Headquarters Signal Company
2 Cable Sections.
1 Motor Air Line Section.
1 Corps Troops Supply Column.
1 Depot Unit of Supply.
1 Railroad Supply Detachment.
1 Ordnance Travelling Workshop.
The answer was, on the whole, in the affirmative, although there was some doubt on minor technical