HC Deb 08 November 1916 vol 87 c180

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that a recent recruit from the extreme West of Ireland with an imperfect knowledge of the English language joined the Irish Guards, Caterham Barracks; that whilst being questioned on parade by Lieutanent Onslow he failed to understand and innocently dropped into his native tongue; that the officer asked the sergeant for an explanation and, on being told that the man was speaking Irish, ordered him to be placed in the guard-room and subsequently sentenced him to seven days' confinement to barracks; that the case has aroused indignation amongst the Irish Guards; and will he take steps to transfer this officer to some other regiment?


Inquiries arc being made.