HC Deb 26 October 1899 vol 77 cc723-4
MR. BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether care has been taken to Provide all the troops on active service in South Africa with helmets or helmet covers of khaki, or some similar colour not easily distinguished by an enemy; and whether there is any foundation for a report to which publicity has recently been given, that the officers of the 1st or Guards' Brigade, 1st Army Corps, are to wear white haversacks, while those of the non-commissioned officers and men are of khaki, like their uniforms.


The answer to the first question is in the affirmative. All ranks in the Guards' Brigade have haversacks of the same colour, except in one battalion, in which the officers have them khaki and the men white. Orders have been given that all haversacks are to be made of the same colour for all ranks. It is easy to produce the khaki colour.