HC Deb 17 April 1905 vol 145 cc298-9

To ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether his attention has been called to the case of Private James Woods, who joined the second battalion 19th Regiment in 1863, and served therein for ten years and eighty-eight days, five years of which were in Burmah, in which he saw active service, who then spent nine years in the Reserve, and afterwards fifteen years in the Militia; and whether, in view of this man's conduct in all these services, and of the fact that he has been discharged without pension, and of his age and circumstances, he will cause some small pension to be granted to him.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) This man was discharged from the second battalion 19th Foot on the 23rd May, 1868, after ten years three months service, on completion of his term of limited engagement. There is no record of his having taken part in any active operations while serving in Burmah, and he was not awarded a war medal. His subsequent service in the Reserve and in the Militia gives him no claim to pension. Several applications for pension have been made by the man to the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital, who have informed him, in reply, that his services do not render him eligible for any pension. His age and present circumstances give him no claim to special consideration.