HC Deb 24 February 1898 vol 53 c1532
MR. J. BRYCE (Aberdeen, S.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Sultan has ordered the creation of additional regiments of Kurdish irregular cavalry—a force whose excesses have been in the past a source of grave evils?


It was decided in 1892 to raise the total number of Auxiliary Cavalry regiments to 100. There are now 59 regiments of Hamidieh Cavalry, and one more was recently reported to be in course of formation. It appears that the total number will be eventually brought up to 100 in accordance with the decision of 1892. These would not all be Kurdish regiments, the intention being to extend the organisation to other tribes.