HC Deb 10 May 1898 vol 57 cc833-4
CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it has "been brought to his notice that one of the chief causes of the large proportion of British officers in native regiments killed and wounded during the recent frontier war in India is stated to have been the difference which exists between the head-dress worn by these officers and that of the native officers, non-commissioned officers, and men under their com- mand; and whether he will consider the advisability of making the dress of all ranks when on active service as uniform as possible?


The Secretary of State for India will inquire if the subject has been under the consideration of the Indian Government, and, if so, what decision has been arrived at. As regards the troops on the British establishment, officers and men have the same head-dress; and, at 200 yards distance, the uniform of an officer is scarcely distinguishable (except for the sword) from that of a private.


My Question only referred to the Indian service.