HC Deb 02 April 1900 vol 81 c937

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether Colonel Long, R.A., who was severely wounded in the battle which resulted in the reverse at Tugela, has sufficiently recovered be able to give an account of the circumstances under which the British guns were captured by the Boer forces; and whether, having regard to the circumstance that Sir Redvers Buller, in his despatch or communication with reference to the capture of these guns, states that Colonel Long was too ill at the time to give any explanation, Colonel Long's explanation will be duly published to enable a judgment to be formed of the whole transaction.


We have no official knowledge of Colonel Long's present condition, but from private sources we are glad to learn that he is making satisfactory progress towards recovery. It rests within the discretion of the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa to report upon the proceedings of any officer under him.