HC Deb 15 February 1900 vol 79 cc77-8
MR. FLAVIN () Kerry, N.

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether ho is aware that an Army pensioner named William Coleman, who took part in the Crimean War, and fought in the battles of Alma, Inkerman, and Sebastapool, and also went through the Indian Mutiny and other engagements, for which he holds six medals, during which he was severely wounded, was compelled, owing to insufficient pension, to apply to the Thrapston Board of Guardians, Northants, for outdoor relief; and whether, owing to the insufficiency of pension granted to Coleman and other Crimean veterans, the War Office can see their way to giving them some small increase of pension.


William Coleman has, I am informed, been awarded the highest rate of pension which present regulations allow, namely 1s. 1d. a day.


Will the hon. Gentleman permit me to ask if this man was not employed by the Duke of Devonshire. Cannot he do something to prevent the man going into the workhouse?

[No answer was given.]