§ 41. Mr. STANTON
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the growing discontent of young subalterns at the front who, after leading men in charges and trench fighting, find there is no chance of promotion on account of the fact that other officers already made captains are sent out and placed in command over them, although these captains have had no experience at the front; and whether he will take steps to secure that these lieutenants fighting at the front are given the preferential consideration for promotion they deserve?
§ Mr. FORSTER
The Army Council have no information of any discontent such as is alleged in the question. It may occasionally occur that an officer of captain's rank is sent out who has not had previous experience of this War, but most officers of captain's and higher rank have already been employed at the front.