1881 saw the implementation of the Cardwell Army reforms. These were wide ranging reforms that went a great deal to fully professionalising the institution. It was planned that each regiment would have two battalions, one that would be posted somewhere in the Empire and the other that would remain in its county back in Britain. They could then be rotated at regular intervals. These were pragmatic reforms that helped to police the Empire, but also helped to prepare the British army for the horrors of The Great War.

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