§ VISCOUNT CURZON (Bucks, Wycombe)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether he has taken into consideration the great gallantry displayed by the Native troops engaged at Thobal under Major Grant; and whether he will recommend that some recognition of their services should be granted?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Sir J. GORST,) Chatham
Yes; the Government of India has determined, with the approval of the Secretary of State, to recognise 1377 the great gallantry of the Native troops under the command of Major Grant in the following way. The Order of British India will be conferred on all the officers, and the Order of Merit will be conferred on the non-commissioned officers and certain selected men. The commissioned and non-commissioned officers fit for promotion-will receive a step of rank, and six months' pay and allowances will be given to all ranks, including camp followers.