HC Deb 20 May 1890 vol 344 cc1398-9

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, with reference to that part of the Queen's Regulations of 1889, which specifies that— Officers me not interred with military honours unless they are at the time of their decease on full pay, or employed on the Staff, or in the exercise of some military command or office: whether General Sir William Jones, G.C.B. (who was in command at the capture of Delhi, the turning point of the Great Mutiny), was, at the time of his decease, Colonel of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, and in receipt of the pay of £1,000 a year; and whether he was, therefore, entitled to a military funeral?

*THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle

Sir William Jones was the Honorary Colonel of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. An officer holding such an appointment is not on full pay nor in the exercise of any military command or office, and is, therefore, not entitled to a military funeral. I may mention that Sir Archdale Wilson commanded the forces at the capture of Delhi.


Is, then, the doctrine that unless an officer is on full pay he is not entitled to a, military funeral?


No, Sir. He was not entitled under Military Regulations.