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    There was some question in the old forum regarding Chatham in association with the 4th Regiment of Foot. In the 1860s Chatham was a Depot Battalion location under the numbered depot system that prevailed at that time. Each depot battalion serviced a number of regiments and comprised small detachments of NCOs and men from each of the battalions serviced, thus making up a composite training unit. Where regiments had a 1st and 2nd Battalion, such as in the case of the 4th Foot, the two battalions did not necessarily share the same Depot Battalion, as these were regional. Depot Battalions were generally located in coastal and navigable river ports so that drafts of reinforcements could quickly be sent overseas. You can read about this (numbered) system here: https://web.archive.org/web/20051226131216/http://regiments.org:80/regiments/uk/depot/1856.htm

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