HC Deb 20 December 1915 vol 77 cc30-1
75. Mr. R. McNEILL

asked the Under-Secretary for War whether officers and men and still allowed, wherever practicable, to serve with their own selected battalions as promised when joining the New Army; and whether officers attached as supernumeraries to a battalion and trained with it, but who are in excess of the strength on the embarkation of the battalion for foreign service, are given preference in appointments to fill vacancies as they occur at the front in the battalion with which they were trained?


I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Devonport on the 28th October. I think I may add that preference would be given in the direction suggested in the latter part of the question.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the grievance complained of still exists?


I understand that the practice of allowing men to join the battalion with which they were trained is now being carried out wherever possible.

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