§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he will inquire into the circumstances of the death at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir in 1882 of Trumpeter Fanning of the 18th Hussars, who was killed whilst engaged in saving his Commanding Officer under circumstances of great bravery; whether he is aware that the mother of this young man is residing at Longford in very distressed circumstances; and whether, 196 having regard to the circumstances of the case, the War Office will make his mother a compassionate allowance?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
The Question of the hon. Member probably refers to Trumpeter Fanning, of the 19th Hussars, who died of wounds received in the battle of El Teb in 1884. The Secretary of State has no funds from which to make a compassionate allowance to the mother of a soldier; but if she can prove that she was in any considerable degree dependent on her son the case might be one for consideration by the Commissioners of the Royal Patriotic Fund.