HC Deb 03 March 1919 vol 113 c57W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the 4th Reserve Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, a full strength unit, is to be disbanded, and the officers and men posted to units below strength other than Royal Welsh Fusiliers; and whether, in view of the undertaking given that national sentiment would be respected, he will take steps either to send the battalion as a complete unit to form part of the Army of Occupation, or to issue instructions forbidding the drafting of the officers and men to battalions other than the Royal Welsh Fusiliers?


Owing to the military situation, a certain reorganisation of the Infantry at home is taking place, involving the demobilisation or disbandment of certain battalions, amongst which is the 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. I regret that it is not practicable to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion that the battalion should be sent out as a unit to form part of the Army of Occupation, but I can assure him that the personnel will be posted to other battalions of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as far as this is possible.