§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
On behalf of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for the Rye Division of Sussex, I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the Military Authorities have received any report of a burlesque military funeral alleged to have taken place at the Camp, Shoeburyness, during the Volunteer prize meeting recently held here; whether any such serious breach of discipline occurred; whether any officers, non-commissioned officers, or men have been made responsible for the same; and whether Colonel Howard, R.A., the Camp Commandant, has made any observations or furnished any report with reference to the acts of profanity which are alleged to have occurred?
§ *MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
There seems to have been some harmless joking among the Volunteers at Shoeburyness, and photographs were taken of au arranged scene; but this did not constitute a breach of discipline, and was not worthy of notice. Colonel Howard has reported on the incident.