HC Deb 04 March 1881 vol 259 cc331-2

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether, in addition to the Naval Brigade now employed in Natal and the Transvaal, it is intended to make use of the services of any portion of the corps of Royal Marines?


Sir, there is no present prospect of the naval detachment now serving on shore in Africa being increased. The First Lord of the Admiralty has a high appreciation of the Royal Marines, and would always give them an opportunity of serving where their services were called for. But Sir George Colley and Sir Evelyn Wood asked for guns and rocket parties, and seamen only were accordingly sent.