HC Deb 02 March 1906 vol 152 c1390
MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)

To ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that John Norris, of Crossrea, county Longford, and his wife are both destitute by reason of the loss of their son John, a private in the South Wales Borderers, who was killed in the South African War; and whether there is any fund from which a small annuity or other grant could be made to these people.

(Answered by Mr. Buchanan.) This case was raised by the hon. Member two years ago, and, while it was not possible for any monetary assistance to be granted either from Army funds or by the Royal Patriotic Fund Commissioners, a small fund was provided by the South African War Fund, then called the Commander-in-Chief's Fund. This fund now only admits of very small grants in special cases; but if an application is made to the War Office by the parents for assistance from this fund it will receive careful consideration.