HC Deb 11 May 1896 vol 40 c1005

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if, considering that soldiers of the Regular Army are supposed to be clothed by Government, the War Office authorities will reconsider the regulation that a men enlisting for seven years is provided with two shirts, and is never given any more, but compelled to purchase new when wanted himself?


Shirts are not classed as uniform. A free issue of them is made to a recruit, but the maintenance rests with the soldier.