HC Deb 26 October 1916 vol 86 cc1352-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether there are any means at his disposal to find out the number of Irishmen, or men of Irish descent. that are at present serving in English, Scottish, Australian, Canadian, and South African regiments; and, if so, will he inform the House of the numbers?


This information could only be obtained by asking the Commander-in-Chief of the various British Armies in the field to call for a return from units. My hon. Friend will see that the throwing of this heavy statistical task on the staffs and units in the field would hardly be justified.