HC Deb 28 June 1898 vol 60 cc367-8

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether there is any foundation for the statement that in view of the impossibility of distinguishing the men of the different infantry battalions under his command General Gatacre has been compelled to invent badges for the British battalions in Egypt, and to order that these shall be made on the spot and be sewn on to the uniforms; and whether, if such be the case, he will arrange in the future to have the necessary tailoring work performed at the War Office Tailoring Department, instead of in the presence of the enemy?


Nothing is known at the War Office of the incident referred to in the Question; battalions wearing khaki clothing are distinguished by their shoulder badges; and for greater distinctness additional badges in cloth are affixed to the puggarees of helmets. This is not done in the presence of the enemy.