HC Deb 12 March 1883 vol 277 cc197-8

asked, Whether it is true that of the Army Pay Department in the Egyptian Campaign, numbering over thirty Officers, only one has received any acknowledgment of his services, whereas other departments have been widely recognised; and, if so, what reason there is for thus passing over a department which has been officially acknowledged to have well performed its responsible duties?


The duties of officers of the Pay Department are rarely such as to call for the display of those qualities which are rewarded by honorary distinctions in time of active service They do not, as a rule, necessitate officers going under fire. As a matter of fact, Lord Wolseley only recommended Colonel Olivey, the Chief Paymaster, for a distinction, whose services were specially arduous, and he received a Companionship of the Bath; but he expressed his satisfaction in despatches at the way in which the officers of the Department performed their duties in Egypt, and they will all receive the war medal and the Egyptian Star.