HC Deb 25 March 1862 vol 166 cc19-20

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether the Military Train is now a purchase or non-purchase Corps; if the former, to state when and for what reasons the change was made; if the latter, to explain on what principle Officers are allowed to exchange from the Line into the Military Train, and vice versâ also, to what extent Commissions are sold in the Military Train?


replied, that the Military Train was a purchase Corps, exactly like the infantry and cavalry regiments of the Line, and exchanges took place between the latter regiments and the Military Train on the same principle. It was quite true that many of the Officers in the Military Train had obtained their Commissions without purchase, but the reason was because the Military Train was formed out of the old Transport Corps, which was a non-purchase Corps.

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