HC Deb 02 November 1916 vol 86 c1857W

asked the Secretary of State for India what has been the measure of response to the appeal to Anglo-Indians to volunteer for war service; whether any similar appeal has been made to the Burmese nation, and with what result; and what military units have been or are being formed in each case?


Up to the beginning of August about one-half of the number of recruits who were asked for under the scheme had been enrolled. I have no later information. (The scheme contemplated sixteen platoons of Infantry, two troops of Cavalry, and a battery of Artillery. No appeal has been made to the Burmese to enlist, as on previous occasions such experiments did not meet with success.