Irish Regiments (Disbandments).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Sir Maurice Dockrell Sir Maurice Dockrell , Dublin Rathmines

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he has examined the records of the famous Irish regiments now about to be disbanded; and will he, in proof of the gratitude of Great Britain for their glorious deeds, give the flags and other trophies of the regiments, if deposited with him, an honoured place among the treasured possessions of the nation?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

Yes, Sir. The Army Council fully appreciate the distinguished services of the regiments in question, and if their flags and other trophies are deposited with them they will charge themselves with the duty of disposing of them honourably.

Photo of Sir Maurice Dockrell Sir Maurice Dockrell , Dublin Rathmines

Will it be possible for the right hon. Gentleman to incorporate those regiments in a composite regiment? One of those regiments—the Royal Irish—served under the famous Duke of Marlborough, an ancestor of the right hon. Gentleman the Colonial Secretary.

An HON. MEMBER:

What steps will the right hon. Gentleman take to make provision for those officers who are compulsorily retired?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

Although both these supplementary questions are important neither of them has anything to do with the question on the Paper.