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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 vi

REPLIES by Commanding and other Officers of Regiments serving in the Crimea,

to the following Queries, will be found at the pages indicated below.

Page of
Evidence.
1.What portions of the time during the Army was in the Crimea have you been with it? State the dates203
2.Since what date have you been in command of the Corps?203
3.Have the rations of food and forage, as regulated by General Orders, been issued to your Corps during the time it has been in the Crimea? If not, be pleased to furnish a Return signed by the Quartermaster, and countersigned by the Commanding Officer, showing the nature and amount of the deficiencies, and the dates of their occurrence206 to 209
4.Has any such irregularity occurred in the issue of the Rations by the Commissariat as to make it impossible to furnish the men with full rations for several days successively? If so, state the dates, and the nature of the irregularities210 to 214
5.Have the men been able to cook their food properly? If not, what have been the causes?215 to 221
6.Has the cooking been done by men told off for the purpose? If so, from what date?222 to 225
7.Have the different articles issued to the men as rations been of good quality? If not, state what articles have not been of good quality, and at what time they were issued226 to 230
8.Be pleased to furnish a Return, signed by the Quartermaster, and countersigned by the Commanding Officer, showing the average Weekly Strength of the Corps present in Camp, and the Number of Rations of Fresh and Salt Meat issued in each Week since landing in the Crimea230
9.Has soft bread been issued to the Corps or to the Hospital? If so, from what date?231 to 234
10.Has the Corps been sickly? If so, to what causes is the sickness to be attributed?235 to 242
11.Would it in your opinion be beneficial to the men to have more frequent issues of fresh meat?243 to 246
12.Would it, in your opinion, be beneficial to the men to have issues of soft bread instead of biscuit several days in each week?247 to 250
13.Has the Corps been sufficiently supplied with vegetables since it landed in the Crimea? If not, state the dates at which the supplies were insufficient251 to 256

Evidence, page vii

14.Are you satisfied with the manner in which your men are now rationed? If so, state from what date. If not, state in what respect you consider the rations now issued defective257 to 261
15.Is it your opinion that a pint of porter would be preferable to the extra ration of rum now issued?262 to 265
16.Has your Corps been able to obtain sufficient fuel since it landed in the Crimea? If not, state at what dates it could not be obtained266 to 271
17.Has fuel been issued to the men by the Commissariat; and if so, from what date, of what description, and in what quantity?272 to 276
18.Be pleased to furnish a Return, signed by the Quartermaster, and countersigned by the Commanding Officer, of the Warm Clothing and Blankets issued to your Corps, and the dates at which the different articles were issued276
19.Have you made requisitions for any articles of warm clothing or blankets; or have you made any representations as to the necessity of supplying them? If so, state to whom, and at what date277 to 283
20.At what date did you commence to hut your Corps, and when were they all hutted?284 to 288
21.Has the health and comfort of the men been improved by the change from tents to huts?289 to 292
22.Have you anything further to state regarding the supplies for your Corps? If so, state it293 to 302

Evidence, page viii

REPLIES by the Medical Officers serving in the Crimea, to the following Queries,

will be found at the pages indicated.

Page of
Evidence.
1.How long have you served in the Army in the Crimea?303
2.Since what date have you been in Medical charge of the Corps?303
3.During that period, has your Hospital been regularly supplied with Medicines and Medical Comforts? If not, state the exceptions305 to 318
4.Has there been any unusual sickness or mortality in your Corps? And if so, to what do you attribute it?319 to 340
5.Has the issue of salt meat during that period been to such an extent as to affect the health of the men? If so, state your reasons for this conclusion341 to 350
6.Has soft bread been issued during any part of this period, either to the sick or to the troops generally? And do you consider such a supply beneficial or essential to their health?351 to 358
7.Have potatoes and other vegetables, either fresh or preserved, as also lime-juice, been regularly served out to the troops? If so, state at what dates, and in what quantities359 to 368 [?]
8.Have the arrangements for cooking the rations been such as to insure a healthy diet to the soldier?369 to 377
9.Has the accommodation for the sick while in camp, and the supply of blankets and bedding, been sufficient, and such as are usually supplied to the field?378 to 390
10.In the event of its being considered inexpedient to continue the present extra ration of spirits, is it your opinion that a pint of porter would be a desirable substitute, so far as regards the health of the men, or that facilities should be afforded for their purchasing porter out of their surplus pay?391 to 398
11.Has the sickness in the Corps been in any respect aggravated by excessive intemperance?399 to 402
12.Have you anything further to state, or any suggestions to offer with the view of improving the health of the troops? If so, state them402 to 423
13.If any representations have been made by you on any of the points above referred to, state the dates, and to whom they were made424 to 432


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