HC Deb 02 June 1913 vol 53 cc608-9W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it is the custom of the Service and whether it is intended that the naval bandsmen who join as musicians shall, in addition to their duties as musicians and, of course, their duties of keeping their own messes clean, be detailed for such duties as coal ship, i.e. actual work at coaling, hauling coal, etc., scrubbing and keeping flats (between decks) clean, scrubbing deck cloths, and other evolutions which entail heavy manual labour and can hardly be considered the average duties of musicians?


All men entered for service in ships' bands are enlisted as Marines and trained as such in addition to their musical training. When embarked they are liable to perform any duties suitable for Marines which the commanding officer of the ship may think fit to assign to them.