gained rendered Francis Farquhar one of the best soldiers of his time, and he was besides a man by character exceptionally qualified to inspire the confidence of his subordinates.
The regiment that he was now called upon to command was absolutely unique; no similar body of experienced soldiers had ever mustered under the one regimental flag in the history of our own or any other Empire. It was a microcosm of the British Army; every regiment from the 1st Life Guards to the Departmental Corps had its representatives. The Royal Regiment of Artillery was there in all its branches; the Navy sent its quota of seamen and marines. This was no doubt a mistake and a waste of material which Canada ill could spare in view of subsequent developments, for these men were a leaven which, rightly used, would have been of vast assistance to Sir Sam Hughes in his later labours with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
At this point, it might be well to glance at an authentic record of the composition of the famous regiment as compiled from the regimental record of enrolment on board the Royal George while the First Contingent was en route for England in October, 1914, and before the Headquarters Company had been organized.