HC Deb 17 May 1900 vol 83 cc399-400
MR. WILLIAM ABRAHAM (Glamorganshire, Rhondda)

I bog to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Peter Crowley, of Fermoy, who served seven years in the Connaught Rangers, six years of which were spent in India, who was placed in the Reserve three years ago, and in December last was ordered to report himself at Galway for active service, but owing to a form of heart disease, contracted during his term of service, was found unfit; whether he is aware that, on returning to Fermoy, he was seized with paralysis, which left one side completely disabled; will he explain why, in February last, he was again summoned to Tralee for Home service, but, beingutterly incapacitated, was discharged, and his pension of 6d. per day, which in the ordinary course would continue for fifteen months longer, has been stopped, so that he is now, at the age of thirty years, dependent for support upon the labour of a widowed mother; and if inquiry will be made into the circumstances of this man, with the view of restoring his pension.


The case will be inquired into, and the claim to pension will be duly considered. I may add that the 6d. a day was not a pension, but was Reserve pay, and ceased on the man's discharge from the Reserve.