HC Deb 24 May 1916 vol 82 cc2088-9
11. Sir A. MARKHAM

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he has any information that a number of South Africans have come to this country who served throughout the South-West African campaign for the purpose of enlisting in the Armies here; whether the War Office insist that these men should be treated in the same way as raw recruits taken in this country; whether he is aware that for this reason a number of South Africans who have patriotically come to assist the Mother Country refuse to surfer this indignity; and will he make immediate inquiry into the matter?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for East Nottingham on the 8th May, and I would add that arrangements have been made to deal with these men at the Central Recruiting Office. They will be posted to battalions of the Rifle Brigade. It has been settled that those with former training and experience shall, if fitted, be placed in squads in the more advanced stages of training.