HC Deb 21 February 1902 vol 103 c708
SIR WALTER GREENE (Bury St. Edmund's)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the men of the 3rd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment were summarily dismissed after being summoned for embodiment at Bury St. Edmund's on Monday, 17th instant; and whether, in view of the loss sustained by the men giving up their various employments to join the regiment, any pay or other compensation will be granted to them.


The embodiment of this battalion on the 17th instant was temporarily cancelled owing to representations of the Mayor of Colchester that the smallpox would be imported into the town from the place of assembly. The military authorities thought it well to consult the General Officer commanding at Colchester, and after consideration it was decided to embody the battalion on the 24th instant, Instructions have been given that any soldier who can satisfy the commanding officer at Bury that he had given up his employment is to be paid his pay, ration, messing and lodging allowances for the week, while the families of those who, in addition, had broken up their homes, are also to receive separation allowance.