HC Deb 06 March 1903 vol 119 c7
SIR EDWARD STRACHEY (Somersetshire, S.)

To ask the Postmaster-General, as representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether the men of the South African Constabulary who lost their kit (civilian), which they had left behind them under orders, will be compensated for such loss.

(Answered by Mr. Austen Chamberlain, for the Secretary of State for the Colonies.) Men enlisted in this country were warned to take as little kit as possible, as railway transport could not be guaranteed. Many men, however, brought out large amounts. Surplus kit was stored at Cape town, at owner's risk, with private firms, and no liability for it was taken by the South African Constabulary. Compensation cannot, therefore, be allowed.