HC Deb 07 June 1883 vol 279 c1907

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether there would be any objection to parading Roman Catholic soldiers for service on holy days in the same way that they are paraded on Sundays: provided always, that arrangements can be made upon such days for not interfering with the ordinary routine of the service?


asked whether there would be any objection to parading Irish Protestant soldiers on July 12, August 12, November 5, and December 18?


Sir, I think that my reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Cork County will satisfactorily answer the Question of the hon. Gentleman opposite. It is the custom of the Service to give Roman Catholic soldiers every facility for attending Divine Service on holy days, when military duty is not interfered with thereby. Instructions were sent to all General Officers in April, 1881, to this effect. No further orders on the subject are considered necessary.