HC Deb 24 April 1879 vol 245 cc980-1

asked the Surveyor General of the Ordnance, Whether, if an Officer's charger dies on the passage to Zululand Her Majesty's Government will give him compensation; and, whether, while on active service, Cavalry Officers are to pay for a part of their forage as they are compelled to do in times of peace?


Compensation for the loss of horses is governed by the Royal Warrant, 1848. If a charger should die on the voyage from natural causes, no compensation is admissible; but should the horse die in consequence of shipwreck or an inevitable casualty occasioned by stress of weather compensation would be granted. Officers have an allowance in their pay for the keep of their horses, which they repay when the Government provides them with forage. If the officer's horse is not foraged by the public, the stoppage is not exacted.