HL Deb 08 May 1879 vol 245 c1945

asked, If it was true that further application had been made to the Government from South Africa for military reinforcements on the report of Lord Chelmsford?


A telegram was received on Tuesday night from Lord Chelmsford, stating that the garrison of Natal and the Transvaal might require reinforcements, and that three battalions would be wanted; and also asking for stores—apparently to replace those lost in the Clyde. Steps have long ago been taken to replace the latter; but the information contained in the telegram was considered to be so imperfect that it was decided not to take any action beyond getting stores in readiness until we received the despatches covering the telegram.

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