HC Deb 28 June 1883 vol 280 c1715

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether his attention has been called to the case of Captain R. C. Mossman, late of the Army Hospital Corps, who was compulsorily retired in November 1881, after twenty-seven years' service in many parts of the world, as well as in the Crimean and Chinese wars; whether, by the terms of a Royal Warrant, officers of Captain Mossman's rank are not entitled, after twenty years' service, to a retiring pension of eleven shillings a day; whether it is a fact that Captain Mossman for some months received only four shillings a day, which was withheld altogether for more than a month, and is now in receipt of five shillings a day only, although, nominally, his pension is six shillings a day; whether Captain Mossman was retired on the report of a secret Board that he was unfit for further service, which report was not communicated to him until after his retirement; and, whether, in view of Captain Mossman's long service, he will give Captain Mossman that pension to which he is believed to be entitled?


The case of Captain of Orderlies R. C. Mossman has been brought to my notice; and, after full consideration, I am unable to sanction any alteration in the decision arrived at by my Predecessor. Captain Mossman was examined by a Medical Board in the ordinary manner. Upon its Report, he was placed on retired pay; but circumstances arising from his own misconduct precluded the grant of the full rate; and his retired pay has been subjected to a stoppage of part of it as a consequence of deficiencies in the stores for which he was responsible.