HC Deb 28 April 1881 vol 260 cc1314-5

asked the Secretary of State for War, If he has received any information which would enable him to contradict the statements which were published some weeks ago in a London newspaper, as to the supposed misconduct of a portion of the 3rd Battalion of the 60th Rifles at the attack on the Majuba Mountain?


Yes, Sir; the hon. and gallant Member—who has such good reason to be proud of his former regiment—and the House will be glad to hear the telegram which I received a few days ago—

"April 20, Fort Amiel.

"Please contradict unfavourable reports of 3–60th on 28th February. None on Majuba. One company sent out with spare ammunition to join supporting company of 92d, and retired with it by orders from Prospect Camp, bringing all the ammunition in. Two companies posted three miles off covered retreat steadily. Am perfectly satisfied with their behaviour.