HC Deb 16 June 1879 vol 246 c1916

asked the Secretary of State for War, If he sees any objection to permit all ranks of the Army to wear their beards, in accordance with the example sot by Field Marshal H.E.H. the Prince of Wales, H.S.H. the Prince of Saxe-Weimar, commanding the Southern District, and by the officers and men of the Royal Navy?


Sir, I do not presume, looking at all the bearded faces round me, to express an opinion whether any alleviation would be desirable or not; but, as a matter of fact, while beards are allowed to be worn where there are any sanitary reasons—climate or otherwise—the Queen's Regulations say that troops at home shall not wear boards, and from that there is no reason to depart.


gave Notice that on going into Committee on the Army Estimates he should call attention to the subject.