HC Deb 07 July 1949 vol 466 c182W
Mr. G. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War how long personnel of No. 2 Company of the Royal Sussex Regiment, now sailing for the Far East in the s.s. "Empire Windrush," have been trained before departure.

Mr. Shinwell

The draft which sailed on the s.s. "Empire Windrush" was from the 1st Battalion, The Royal West Kent Regiment. The majority of the men were Regular soldiers with between one and 10 years' service. The remainder were National Service men, all of whom had completed at least 16 weeks' training.