HC Deb 26 March 1903 vol 120 cc299-300

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, in view of the fact that Reserve officers who have served for eighteen months with regiments in Great Britain and Ireland during the war in South Africa have been granted a step in rank, whether it is the intention of the Government to recognise the services rendered to their country by the Militia officers who served with the Regular forces during the whole period of the war.


The hon. Member refers to Militia officers who were attached at home for eighteen months to depôts, Regulars, remounts, etc., or who served with battalions other than their own in South Africa. His suggestion would be very difficult to adopt, as these officers would thereby be promoted over the heads of others who served in the war with their own battalions.

MR. FLAVIN (Kerry, N.)

How many of these Militia officers resigned their commissions when the war broke out in order to avoid going to South Africa?

No answer was returned.