HC Deb 11 December 1900 vol 88 c493

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the defective state of camp cookery in the British Army as compared with that existing both in the German and United States Army; and whether, seeing that some of the South African sickness among our troops might have been saved by the provision of a due number of trained camp cooks, he will consider the advisability of organising practical courses of camp cookery for the Army Service Corps, as well as military flying kitchens, with cooks capable of producing an emergency invalid diet from common rations.


Reports on the working of the system of Army cooking have recently been called for from general officers commanding in South Africa. Sir Redvers Buller has replied that the system has worked satisfactorily. None have been received showing that the camp cookery in the British Army is defective or that sickness was attributable to such a cause. In regard to courses for the Army Service Corps, that corps has nothing to do with the cooking for units.