HC Deb 08 June 1899 vol 72 c640
MR. JEFFREYS (Hants, N.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Private D. Jackson; of the 2nd Black Watch, was drowned whilst bathing in the canal at Aldershot on 28th May, and that there were no appliances for saving life in the vicinity; and whether proper bathing places will be established for the use of the soldiers at Aldershot.


I regret to say that a soldier of the Royal Highlanders was drowned in the canal, notwithstanding the praiseworthy efforts of a comrade to save him. The man was bathing contrary to orders, as the bathing season had not commenced. When bathing is permitted, certain hours arc specified and picquets with the necessary apparatus for saving life are detailed at three bathing places. I may add that money is taken in this year's Estimates for the provision of a swimming bath at Aldershot.


May I ask whether last week the weather was not hot enough for bathing at Aldershot?


This private was drowned, I am sorry to say, on Sunday, the 28th May.