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McNeill/Tulloch Commission of Enquiry

This presentation is based on transcripts by Megan Stevens, and includes the page numbers of the original publication in order to maintain the validity of page references. It is arranged in the following sections:-

Evidence, page 86

TWENTY-FOURTH DAY. - Wednesday, 18th April.

MR. DE LISLE, Surgeon, 4th Foot, examined.

Has been with the army in the Crimea from the first. Will furnish replies to the queries and the requisite return.

COLONEL ADAMS, Commanding 28th Foot, examined.

The men have not been hutted, because it was believed that the labour the men would have to undergo in bringing up the huts, would do them more

Evidence, page 87

injury than the advantage of the huts would compensate. There were not more than about 250 men for duty, about one half of whom were daily on duty. Enough of men could not therefore be spared to bring up one hut, and in these circumstances it was not expedient to send the men repeatedly for each hut; but boards were brought up for floors for the hospital and regimental tents. Had there been transport, he would decidedly have preferred having the huts. The regiment has suffered great inconvenience generally from the want of sufficient transport. No fatigue parties were sent to bring up rations, but such parties were sent to bring up warm clothing. If the Regimental bat horses had not been required to bring up rations for the men, it would have been unnecessary to send fatigue parties to bring up the warm clothing and boards.

JAMES MEE, Surgeon, 44th Foot, examined.

Will send replies to the queries and the requisite returns. Will also send a list of medicines and medical comforts, for which he has sent in requisitions, but which have not been supplied. Was required nevertheless to sign on the requisition a receipt for the full amount.[1] Believes it to be the practice to strike out of the requisition the articles which are not furnished. But he has no security that this may not occasionally be omitted in the hurry of business.


[1] By doing so, it saved the man a second journey to Balaklava. - J.M.

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