HC Deb 04 May 1885 vol 297 c1484

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, considering the efficient manner in which the Zhob Expedition last autumn was conducted to a successful conclusion, under conditions, which the climate and nature of the country traversed, the arduous character of the work performed, and the hostility of the inhabitants rendered most trying to the troops employed, it is intended to grant the frontier medal, and the usual grant of war batta for three months, to the officers and men of the British and Indian regiments who took part in that expedition.


The Government of India have reported the conclusion of the recent operations in the Zhob Valley, and have conveyed to the Commander-in-Chief their approbation of the manner in which they were conducted. In this opinion the Secretary of State will express his concurrence. The Government of India have not, however, proposed that any further recognition should be made of the services rendered; and the circumstances of the case do not appear to warrant any special distinction such as the grant of a war medal or of a money reward. The hon. Member is mistaken in supposing that the grant of war batta is usual in such cases.