HC Deb 08 June 1888 vol 326 cc1528-9
MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether he is aware that John M'Carthy, chief boatman in charge of the Coastguard Station at Portmuck, Islandmagee, County Antrim, who died suddenly on December 31 last, was entitled to £22 for good service money; whether M'Carthy, who had spent his life in the service and had received a medal for long service and good conduct, left his wife and child unprovided for; and, whether, considering the exemplary conduct of M'Carthy, and that he lived and died in the British Service, he will advise some provision to be made, by way of gratuity or otherwise, for his widow and only child, without causing the child to be removed from its mother?


The widow of John M'Carthy has been granted the good conduct gratuity of £20 due to her husband, together with £20 given for a former injury, also his pension up to January 31, 1888. M'Carthy had received a medal for long service and good conduct, and has left his family unprovided for. There was nothing special in M'Carthy's services, and there are no funds from which his widow can be given any further assistance. The widow has been invited to apply for the admission of her child to a school at the expense of Greenwich Hospital Funds, but no grant can be made for his education at home.