4 NOVEMBER 1916, Page 15

We note with interest that General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, a

Corps Commander in the British Force in France, took his seat in the House of-Commons on Tuesday. The event is one of interest from the Parliamentary as well as the military point of view, for, unless we are strangely mistaken, no member of the House of Commons has ever before been in actual command of some eighty thousand English-speaking troops. It is doubtful whether Welling- ton ever reached that standard. He certainly did not do so while he was in the House of Commons as Irish Secretary. We doubt even when he was Commander-in-Chief whether at any time he reached the eighty thousand standard, and he certainly never did so iu regard to English-speaking troops in the field. Cromwell came nearest, but the Cromwellian Army was never as big as one of our big corps.