HC Deb 05 March 1885 vol 295 cc107-8

asked the Secretary of State for War, How many chaplains are attached to the expeditionary force under Lord Wolseley, and how they are distributed; whether any chaplains were attached to the advanced force under Sir Herbert Stewart; how many chaplains are attached to the troops now7 on their way to Suakin from England and India; and, whether it is intended that any chaplains should be attached to the advanced forces in the field, to minister to the sick and wounded?


May I ask the noble Marquess in his answer to give the number of Presbyterian chaplains with the various forces in Egypt?


According to the latest Returns received, which are for the 1st of January, the chaplains with Lord Wolseley's Expedition were distributed as follows:—Church of England, one at Dongola, two at Wady Haifa; Roman Catholic, one eaeh at Dongola, Wady Haifa, and Assouan; Presbyterian, one at Wady Haifa, and one at Assouan; Wesleyan, one at Assouan. Probably at the present date this distribution has changed by the move of several chaplains more to the front. So far as I am aware, there was not a chaplain with the Force under the late Sir Herbert Stewart. The chaplains attached to Sir Gerald Graham's Force are two Church of England, two Roman Catholic, one Presbyterian, and one Wesleyan. The question of sending chaplains with an advanced Force is for the General in immediate command to decide. With reference to the Question of which the hon. Member for Edinburgh City (Mr. Buchanan) has given me private Notice, there are two Presbyterian chaplains in Lower Egypt, of whom one is at Cairo and the other at Alexandria.


Is there any Presbyterian chaplain with Lord Wolseley's Force at Korti?


I have stated that the Presbyterian chaplains are—one at Wady Haifa, and one at Assouan.