HC Deb 12 March 1896 vol 38 cc762-3

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether Army Medical Officers after resigning on receipt of a gratuity are liable to be recalled to serve up to the age of 55; and, if so, will he explain on what grounds; whether Combatant Officers resigning on gratuity are also liable to be recalled up to the same age; and, will he explain on what grounds the names of Army Medical Officers appear on the Monthly Army List (Active List) mixed up with those drawing pension?


It is part of the contract under which officers serve and are paid that they should, if retiring on retired pay or gratuity, be liable to be recalled up to the age of 55 to serve in case of emergency. This applies to Combatant Officers unless they retire as lieutenants or captains, when the liability only extends to the age of 50 years, beyond which it is not considered that they would be efficient in those ranks. The names of medical officers on the retired list with liability to further service appear in the Army List after those on the Active List as a matter of convenience, because there are a number of home appointments for which such officers are eligible.