“Unfair Treatment of Militia: Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Orkney’s Efforts at Buttevant Thwarted by War Office”

Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Orkney of the 3rd Battalion Oxfordshire Light Infantry made personal efforts to ensure the comfort of his men at their planned quarters in Limerick. However, at the last moment, the War Office countermanded the original order and sent the battalion to Buttevant instead. Critics argue this damaging policy treats militiamen more like convicts than soldiers and question when such treatment will end, given the ongoing crisis in South Africa and the need for a united and motivated militia.

Gloucester Citizen – Wednesday 31 January 1900

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