Location of service: Holguin (Cuba)
When the War against the Cuban rebels began, the regional Government of Asturias ordered the creation of one volunteer battalion with men from Asturias. This battalion was created by Royal Order of Campaign, on April 18, 1896.
This battalion included:
1 Lieutenant Colonel,6 companies:
2 comandantes (comparable to a major in the US Army),
1 alferez (comparable to a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army) for carrying the regimental flag,
2 medical doctors (officers),
1 army chaplain (officer),
1 cornet corporal,
1st, 2nd, 3th and 4th companies each having 1 captain, 3 lieutenants, 1The total number of men was 1163. This battalion was equipped with 7 mm Remington Rifles (Model 1889). The officers were equipped with Lefaucheux revolvers (model 1863) and spanish infantry sabre (Model 1887).
alferez, 5 sergeants, 10 corporals, 4 cornets, 4 soldiers of 1st class (veterans) and 163 2nd class soldiers.
5th and 6th companies each having 1 captain, 4 alferez, 5 sergeants, 10 corporals, 4 cornets, 4 soldiers of 1st class (veterans) and 162 2nd class soldiers.