§ MR. GRIFFITH BOSCAWEN (Kent Tunbridge)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he can now say if the War Office can grant any compensation to Mrs. Tingley for the loss she has sustained through the death of her son, Sergeant Tingley late of the 1st Sussex Engineer Volunteers, which was caused by some blasting operations during the inspection of the battalion at Sheffield Park on 3rd June last?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OP STATE FOR WAR (Mr. ST. JOHN BRODRICK, Surrey,) Guildford
There is a difficulty in this case, because it is not the custom in the Army to compensate mothers for the loss of sons, and it would be very difficult to compensate the mother of a Volunteer for a similar loss. It is possible that if the deceased man had been in the Army there might have been a small grant made from the Patriotic Fund, and the Committee will see if a similar grant can be made to the mother of this man.