Another item is that there are many units to which the prefix of "royal" has been given; for instance, the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. But there is one unit, the Canadian Armoured Corps, which does not bear this distinction. I suggest to the minister that he might take the necessary steps to have this corps designated as the "Royal" Canadian Armoured Corps.
I wish to ask the parliamentary assistant with regard to a question to which I referred earlier to-day, which was asked on March 19 and which he said he could not answer in toto without getting reports from overseas. I quite understand and appreciate that. But there are two or three questions here which he did not answer in his report yesterday or to-day and to which I think I should have replies eitheT
now or on the next occasion. I do not think question No. 4 was answered, which is, how many of those A.W.O.L. are classed as deserters?
I can give my hon. friend that information now. I have some of it here. There are 3,323 N.R.M.A. soldiers belonging to units which have proceeded overseas who have been struck off the strength as deserters pursuant to findings of courts of inquiry, and who have not surrendered or been apprehended. That covers the answer to question No. 4.
I shall hope to receive the answer during the next week.
In the statement of the parliamentary assistant he made a comparison with what happened in the last war. May I remind him that we then had between four hundred thousand and five hundred thousand men overseas, included in five divisions, of which four served in France and the fifth remained in England and was broken up as reinforcements.
As I explained in my statement, we have five divisions, two of them armoured divisions; we have two armoured brigades, and two heavy artillery groups, I think they are called, and several groups of specialists, engineers, signals and the like.