HC Deb 13 August 1896 vol 44 cc747-8
COLONEL LONG (Worcestershire, Evesham)

On behalf of the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Mr. A. F. GODSON), I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War why the 1st Volunteer Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was not allowed to go into camp at Bournemouth, when the Worcestershire Militia was allowed to go to Aldershot amongst a large body of regular troops, and the Worcestershire Volunteer Artillery to Towyn; and why, when permission was given for the 1st Volunteer Battalion to go into camp at Bournemouth, when smallpox was raging at Gloucester, it should be withdrawn when it had practically died out there?


The 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment formed part of a Volunteer Brigade which the General Officer commanding the north-western district intended to send to Bournemouth. The order for this whole brigade camp was cancelled because smallpox had broken out in districts occupied by some of the corps which would compose it. The General Officer then proposed a regimental camp at Malvern for this Volunteer battalion, which was approved.