HC Deb 27 March 1899 vol 69 c498

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the specially enlisted recruit, who died on Friday last on a parade of the Scots Guards at Windsor, was a "special" under the height of 5 feet 3 inches, or whether he was enlisted as a "special" with reference to the regulation height of the Foot Guards; and, if so, what is the minimum standard for "specials" in that corns?


The recruit in question was 5 feet 8¼ inches high when enlisted, and he subsequently grew half an inch. There is no minimum standard for "special" enlistments, but no "specials" are accepted unless they approximate closely to the standards, and are likely to reach them.