HC Deb 03 May 1901 vol 93 c592

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Manchester furnished many Volunteers from the Volunteer Medical Staff Corps and bearer companies of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 16th Volunteer Rifle battalions, all of whom were attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps; and whether these medical Volunteers can be sent home at once, as they have more than completed their year of service, and many are losing their appointments in Manchester owing to the prolonged delay in their return.


As I have repeatedly stated to the House, special consideration has been and will be shown in individual cases of hardship reported to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa by commanding officers. I am not aware that the position of these Medical Volunteers is different from that of the other Volunteers, who undertook to serve for one year or the end of the war.


I suppose their loyalty is evaporating.