HC Deb 23 February 1885 vol 294 c1039

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether favourable reports of the working of the Gardner guns on service in Egypt have been received; and, whether it is proposed to increase the number of these or other machine guns at present with the advanced forces, and to supply an adequate number for service with the expedition being despatched to Suakin?


No reports have been received as to the working of the Gardner guns in the recent actions; but the reports of their working at the actions of El Teb and Tamai were, on the whole, favourable. Lord Wolseley has not applied for more machine guns for the force on the Nile; but a battery of six will accompany the Expedition to Suakin.