HC Deb 20 February 1883 vol 276 cc400-1

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether, having in view the fact that either the commander or senior lieutenant, and the senior sub-lieutenant of each ship which took part in the bombardment of the Alexandrian forts, have received a step of rank for services rendered on that occasion, the senior midshipmen of each ship will also be considered for advancement when they shall have passed the necessary examination?


Sir, a midshipman cannot be promoted to sub-lieutenant until he has passed the necessary examination; he is then promoted in the usual course. It is thus impossible to confer special promotion on young officers of that rank; but I need not assure my right lion. Friend that good service done by them is recorded in their favour, and one or two midshipmen were included in the list of those who received honours at the end of the Egyptian campaign.