HC Deb 18 February 1881 vol 258 c1234
MR. WARTON (for Colonel BARNE)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the reinforcements under orders to proceed to the Transvaal will bo sent out in their present conspicuous uniforms and accoutrements, and thus enable the Boers to shoot them down without danger to themselves; or, whether he will provide them with cloth of a neutral colour, to be made up on the voyage, and thus place them on even terms with their foe?


Sir, my Military Advisers have well considered this question; but the Commander-in-Chief does not think it desirable to alter the uniforms of the regiments proceeding to South Africa.