The corps for hospital service is to consist of the following numbers and ranks:-
Strength of the corps
32 assistant stewards.
40 assistant wardmasters.
546, but liable to increase if absolutely required, orderlies or privates, including cooks, assistant cooks, barbers, and washermen.700 total.
The stewards shall be entitled to rank as serjeant majors, the wardmasters as colour sarjeants, the assistant stewards as serjeants, the assistant wardmasters and issuers as corporals, and the orderlies as privates, and will be allowed the clothing of their respective ranks.
The stewards, assistant stewards, issuers, and orderlies employed as cooks and washermen are to be subordinate to the purveyor, who is responsible to the principal medical officer for the conduct of his department.
Discipline 1. Purveryor's Branch.
The wardmasters, assistant wardmasters, and other orderlies are to be under the immediate control and authority of the principal medical officer or surgeon in charge of the hospital.
2. Hospital Branch.
Soldiers already in the line may transfer their services to this corps on the recommendation of their commanding officers, but they should be in possession of two good-conduct badges, and should not be under twenty-eight years of age nor above thirty-five. Should it be necessary to enlist men for this corps, they should not be under twenty-eight years of age, and should be required to produce testimonials of character satisfactory to the Secretary-at-War before they can be accepted.