HC Deb 18 February 1901 vol 89 cc298-9

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will take into consideration the case of married soldiers serving in South Africa whose first period of enlistment had come to an end and whose discharge and admission into the Reserve would have taken place but for the war, with a view to granting separation allowance for their wives on the scale of that provided for the Reservists; and whether he is aware that there are many cases in which discharge had actually been sanctioned and yet stopped at the last moment, the hardship being great owing to many such men having married without leave in view of their then ancicipated approaching discharge into the Reserve.


In cases where a soldier married without leave would have become a Reservist but for the war, it will be considered whether separation allowance can be issued by the Government. Every case must be dealt with on its merits.