HC Deb 14 February 1895 vol 30 c754
MR. J. HEYWOOD JOHNSTONE (Sussex, Horsham)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, if soldiers' balances unclaimed are advertised in any, and what, papers other than the London Gazette, and if he can make arrangements for advertising such balances from time to time in newspapers circulating in the regimental district within which soldiers whose balances are unclaimed are known to have enlisted, or in papers of more general circulation than the London Gazette?


Soldiers' unclaimed balances are only advertised in the London Gazette, and stated in full detail in the monthly Army List; and lists of those pertaining to men of each district are posted at the district head-quarters. Formerly advertisements were inserted in local newspapers, but they produced so little result in proportion to the expense that the practice was discontinued. I may remind the hon. Member that these balances, when finally unclaimed, do not go to the Exchequer, but are applied, in accordance with the Regimental Debts Act, for the benefit of widows and families of soldiers dying on service.