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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:-

Title page and
instructions to
commissioners
First
Report
(pp 1-22)
Second
Report
(pp 23-50)
Correspondence
with Lord Raglan
(p 51)
Evidence:
Memorandum

(pp i-ii)
Index of
witnesses
(pp iii-v)
Index of
queries
(pp vi-viii)
Evidence
(parts
only)
Appendix
(not
included)

Evidence, page i

EVIDENCE

Evidence, page ii

Memorandum

Our inquiries for the first fortnight were confined almost exclusively to the corps at or in the immediate vicinity of Balaklava, and were conducted by personal examination; but when they extended to the corps which had been before Sebastopol during the greater part of the winter, and when we took into consideration the number to be examined, it soon became apparent that, unless our labours were facilitated by drawing the attention of Commanding Officers, and those in medical charge of corps, to certain specific questions which were likely to exhaust most of the information they had to give, there was a probability of our examinations being too much prolonged. Having, therefore, in the course of the first fortnight, determined those Queries which were most likely to elicit the information required, we printed a series of them at the Head-quarter press, and circulated them to each of the Commanding and Senior Medical officers of the force before Sebastopol; their replies will be found from p. 203 to p. 452 of the Evidence annexed.

In addition to this, however, we thought it our duty, by calling each of the officers before us, to afford them an opportunity of stating, personally, whatever they thought fit, in addition to, or in explanation of the information contained in their replies. Many availed themselves of this opportunity to enlarge their statements; some merely repeated them in other words, while the majority referred to their written replies as containing all they had to state on the subject.

As the necessity for arranging the replies from each corps under their respective heads became apparent, it was found expedient to call for information in a similar form from the Officers examined at the commencement. In any case, the result of their examination must have been condensed into the same form as the others, and we considered it better that they should do so by replying to the same queries, than that we should attempt to form an abstract of their previous statements.

This will account for occasional repetitions in the evidence of these Officers, but these appeared of less consequence than the omission of anything of importance which might have occurred had any other course been adopted.


Title page and
instructions to
commissioners
First
Report
(pp 1-22)
Second
Report
(pp 23-50)
Correspondence
with Lord Raglan
(p 51)
Evidence:
Memorandum

(pp i-ii)
Index of
witnesses
(pp iii-v)
Index of
queries
(pp vi-viii)
Evidence
(parts
only)
Appendix
(not
included)

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