HC Deb 13 June 1898 vol 59 c47

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, will he explain why the Militia battalions of the Welsh Fusilier regiment are not furnished with busbies like the rest of the regiment, including the Volunteer battalions; and whether he will direct the defect to be remedied, so that the full parade head-dress of the Militia battalions shall be uniform with that of the regiment to which they belong, and with which they may be brigaded?


Full-dress headdresses are not issued to Militia battalions of regiments which have a special head-dress, such as the Fusiliers. The reason is that head-dresses, largely composed of fur, are very expensive, and, being only required for a small portion of the year, their safe storage for the remainder of the year is difficult. The Militia battalions are most likely to be brigaded, with regulars at the manœuvres, and there the regulars do not wear their full-dress head-dress.