§ MR. E. H. BAYLEY (Camberwell, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that George L. Jones enlisted in the 1st Royal Lancaster King's Own Regiment on 5th December last, and misstated his age as 18, he being under 17, and that his father has repeatedly applied for his free discharge and furnished proof of date of his son's birth; and whether, in view of the Horse Guards' Circular, dated 22nd July, 1892, 209 and signed W. Fielding, he will order the boy's immediate discharge?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
When this recruit enlisted, he stated his age as 187–12 years, and his physical characteristics corresponded to that statement. The question of his discharge depends on the proof that he is below the regulated age. Some doubts attach to the certificates which have been furnished; and further inquiries are now being made.