Statistical data recorded in the minutes of Board of Commissioners meetings during the 1803 to 1815 period are rounded off. For example, for the opening year (1803) the number of girl entrants is given as 50 and boys as 150
for a total population of 200. The registers for the period have now been analyzed by Mr. Peter Goble, researcher and statistical analyst. He has provided the following tables of data that give specific numbers in contrast with figures given in the Board minutes: in 1803,
girls who entered the RMA numbered 52, boys 78, for a total of 130, not the 200 quoted (Document PRO WO 143/6).
Note than in the year of its opening, the Asylum took in forty-three girls and seventeen boys from the Isle of Wight. Goble points out that Table I combines two sources of RMA entrants from the IOW in 1803. This large contingent came from the Army Depot IOW
along with those from the military orphanage operated by General Hewitt. Therefore, nine girls and sixty-one boys only entered the RMA from sources other than the IOW in 1803. These
other sources included the York Hospital (five girls and ten boys) and the Naval Asylum, Paddington (19 boys). Over the next two years, large contingents of boys and girls entered the Asylum from the IOW Establishment as General Hewett"s operation was known.
The ratio of male to female entrants for the years collated is constant at 2 to 1.
Gobles analysis provides a clearer and more accurate account of the School population than is to be found in the Board minutes. He also offers information concerning mortality, discharges, numbers apprenticed and volunteers for the Army.
Table 1: RMA student population, transfers, discharges and enlistments during the period 1803 to 1815