HC Deb 16 May 1892 vol 4 c977
MR. JEFFREYS (Hants, Basingstoke)

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office what check is kept on the ball ammunition served out to soldiers at Aldershot and elsewhere, whether it is true, as stated at the late inquest of a soldier at Aldershot, that two hundred rounds were in possession of one soldier; and if in future greater supervision will be exercised in serving out ball cartridges?


Officers commanding companies are held responsible that men to whom ball cartridge is issued account for it all either by producing empty cartridge cases or unfired cartridges. Inquiries are being made at Aldershot as to the alleged possession by one soldier of two hundred ball cartridges, but at present nothing is known to justify such a statement. The attention of General Officers commanding will be called to the necessity of careful supervision in all cases of issue of ball cartridges; but it is feared that nothing will prevent the occasional secretion of a cartridge.