§ MR. J. J. SHEE (Waterford, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether application has recently been made by Private John Mulcahy, pensioner, late of the 41st Welsh Regiment, who is in receipt of a pension of 8d. per diem, and is now an invalid in Dungarvan Union Hospital, for admission to Chelsea Hospital, or an addition to his present pension; whether he is aware that John Mulcahy served 21 years and 135 days with the colours, of which 14 years were spent in foreign service, and that he received medal and clasp for services in the Crimean War; and whether, as he is now 62 years of age and suffering from chronic rheumatism, some additional provision will be made for him?
No application from John Mulcahy for admission to Chelsea Hospital has been received; but if made it could not be complied with, as he is ineligible. The statements in the Question as to Mulcahy's service are accurate in the main; but his pension was only eight-pence a day as he had no good conduct badges; and as he was in good health when discharged, and there is nothing to show that his present bad health is attributable to Army service, there are no grounds on which his pension could be increased under the warrants.