HC Deb 01 August 1899 vol 75 cc1038-9
MR. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Patrick Dwyer, late private in the 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers, who was discharged disabled as the result of wounds received in the course of action, and has been paid upon his discharge 9d. per day for twelve months, and subsequently in 1893 was granted 6d. per day for two years; and, whether, seeing that if he had not been wounded and disabled, and had served three months more, he would be entitled as a right to 6d. per day for six years, the authorities of the War Office will reconsider his case, and grant him the pension he would be entitled to if he had not been wounded.


Patrick Dwyer was not discharged on account of wounds received in action, but because he dislocated his shoulder while leading two ponies to water. The Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital gave him a temporary pension when he was discharged in 1890, and it was renewed in 1895 and 1896; but ceased in 1897, as it was found that Dwyer had made a perfect recovery. If he had completed seven years' service and had been sound in health, he would have been required to serve in the Reserve for five years and would have been paid six-pence a day in return for his liability.