HC Deb 24 April 1902 vol 106 c1179
MR. ARTHUR LEE (Hampshire, Fareham)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, whether he is aware that the distinguishing numbers of batteries in the Royal Field Artillery have lately been removed from the shoulder straps of the men's uniforms; and whether, with a view to maintaining the esprit de corps, and the old spirit of emulation between batteries, he will permit the wearing of these numerals to be resumed.


The Royal Artillery full dress, which will be the walking out dress when the service dress clothing is issued, has cords on the shoulders, and does not therefore admit of the wearing of numerals.

MR. THOMAS BAYLEY (Derbyshire, Chesterfield)

Were the officers of the batteries consulted before the change was made?


I cannot say.


Can the Regulation be altered so as to have the numerals on other than walking out uniforms, which the men are not always wearing?


I will inquire if it can be done in the case of the service dress.