§ MR. SAMUEL SMITH (Flintshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether it is the case that few or no Army chaplains or ministers of religion accompanied the British troops during the operations on the Frontier of 266 India, and that there was no religious service on Sundays; and whether any men died and were buried without a minister of religion going near them?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
It is not the case that few or no ministers of religion accompanied the British troops on the recent operations in India. Fifteen chaplains were attached to the several field forces, and no doubt rendered the office of religion to the troops whenever circumstances permitted of their doing so.