HC Deb 28 March 1887 vol 312 c1615

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is the case that Surgeon Major Sandford Moore, who originated and introduced into the Army the present ambulance system for the removal of the wounded from the field of battle, has been obliged to retire on the lowest rate of pension, in consequence of total and permanent blindness, induced, in the opinion of a Medical Board, by his extra literary duties; and, whether, under these circumstances, he would take into consideration the justice of granting to this officer some additional pension, to meet the increased expenses necessitated by his disability?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

The case of Surgeon Major Moore is a very sad one; and I can assure my hon. Friend that there was every disposition to approach it with the utmost possible indulgence. But I regret to say that I found myself unable, after very careful consideration, to grant an additional pension to an officer whose ill-health takes the form of loss of eyesight.