HC Deb 29 April 1903 vol 121 cc783-4
MR. YERBURGH (Chester)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether any of the recommendations of the commanding officers of Militia battalions that went to South Africa in 1902 have been †See page 455. ‡See page 649. favourably considered; and whether the services of these officers have received any recognition.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) Those recommendations were duly considered, but in view of the fact that large numbers of officers and men who have been fighting in South Africa for long periods could not possibly receive any sort of recognition, owing to the necessity of keeping rewards within reasonable limits, it was decided that no rewards could be conferred upon any Militia regiments sent to South Africa during 1902 I may add that some 2,800 promotions or rewards were given to officers for the War, but as nearly 400,000 troops were employed, necessarily a large number of deserving cases could not be recognised.