HC Deb 12 May 1898 vol 57 c1065
SIR WILLIAM PRIESTLEY (Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities)

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office what further rank and title will be conferred on Army medical officers under the expected new Warrant after they have reached the rank of colonel, and may be called upon to assume a position of greater responsibility?

DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg at the same time to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office when the Warrant containing the new constitution of the Army Medical Department will be issued; and whether he can state its provisions?


The Royal Warrant relating to the Army Medical Service will be issued as soon as certain minor details which involve reference to India can be settled. It will provide for the creation of a Royal Army Medical Corps, the members of which, up to the rank of colonel, will bear military titles, the present compound title being abolished. Above the rank of colonel the members of the corps will bear the title of surgeon-general, with the precedence and privileges of major-generals of the Army, such as they now enjoy.


Is it in the contemplation of the War Office to confer the rank of general or field-marshal upon veterinary surgeons as well?


No, Sir; I do not think that Question has been taken into consideration.