HC Deb 10 December 1908 vol 198 cc726-7

To ask the Secretary of State for War if it is contemplated to transfer Lieutenant-Colonel Graham, the officer commanding 5th Royal Irish Lancers, to the command of the West African regiment; whether he is aware that this is the officer to whom his attention has been directed as having condoned a mutiny in the 5th Lancers in March, 1904, and against whose conduct complaints have been made; and, if so, will he consider the advisability of placing some other person in command of the black troops in West Africa.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Colonel Graham has been appointed, on the recommendation of the Selection Board, to be Commandant of the West African regiment. He has seen service on the West Coast of Africa in two campaigns. As I have already informed the hon. Member on a previous occasion, no report of the alleged mutiny has ever reached the War Office. Nor have I any reason to believe that such mutiny took place.