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General Organisation of the Order -- 8. Example of Cavalry Chapter

by Bruce Heard

Example of Cavalry Chapter

As described earlier, an entire Cavalry Chapter would involve far more than just a hundred mounted knights. Here is an example of what forces may be involved in reality:

Battle Command (Vaward and Reaward not included)
Grand Knight: 1
Sergeant-at-Arms: 6
Squires: 7
Chaplain: 1

Cavalry Chapter (1)
Knight Banneret: 1
Knights Bachelor: 10
Brother Knights: 100
Squires: 111
Chaplains: 10

Infantry Chapters (3)
Knights Banneret: 3
Knights Bachelor: 30
Sergeants: 130
Men-at-Arms: 300
Pikemen: 500
Archers/Crossbowmen: 250 each
Squires: 33
Chaplains: 130

Artillery Trains (4)
Ballistae: 12
Blight Belchers: 4
Knights Bachelor: 4
Chaplains: 4
Brother Knights: 8
Serving Brethren: 8
Squires: 12
Sergeants Artillerist: 12
Pikemen: 24

So, all knights involved amount to 163. Lay brethren number 1,639. The total number of troops reaches 1,955 including clerical personnel. Mounts of all types, not including spare horses, add up to 629 horses and 48 mules. The force may also include the odd Simbasta war party of twenty rakasta and their chieftain. Let us not forget the baggage train for supplies and tents, and non-fighting personnel. A baggage train could include as many as one large, four-wheel wagon pulled by two to four oxen for every fifty soldiers on the field. This would amount to forty wagons, probably another eighty Serving Brothers driving the oxen and acting as camp assistants. Add to this a mounted escort of ten brother knights, a Knight Bachelor, eleven squires, a score of healers (Priors from the Heart), and another thousand camp-followers (the usual civilian retinue following any army on the move). The total well exceeds three thousand people including the original hundred brother knights.