HC Deb 29 April 1919 vol 115 c30W

asked the Secretary of State for War if, in view of the continuous unrest in various parts of the world, he has considered the advisability of employing larger numbers of Indian and coloured troops to relieve those white soldiers who, after long periods of absence from home, should have been already demobilised?


We are already making great use of Indian troops to relieve British troops wherever possible, but have now reached a stage beyond which our various commanders advise us that it is unsafe to go. So much is this the case in Egypt that General Allenby is asking us for additional white troops. The limiting factor is not only the proportion of European to native, but also the necessity for providing the proper proportion of the more technical units, the bulk of the personnel of which must be British