§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, having regard to the fact that the 78th Highlanders, now the Seaforths, at the battle of Magersfontein had eight officers killed and twelve wounded, while 385 men were disabled, of whom 112 were killed, whether he can state† See pace 273 of this volume.1089 who gave the order to the three Highland regiments, of which the Seaforths wore one, to march in quarter column distance in the dark without scouts or an advanced guard, against an enemy who was watching for them.
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (MR. WYNDHAM, Dover)
I have nothing to add to the information on this matter contained in the despatches published in the Gazette of 16th March.