HC Deb 23 November 1906 vol 165 cc1118-9
MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford. N.)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of John Gillan, No. 999, 6th Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, who enlisted in said regiment in 1882, and was discharged in 1885, after a service of two years and four months in India, where he contracted disease after serving at Meerut, Landore, and Umballagh; whether he is aware that this man is now wholly unable to obtain a livelihood owing to failing health and advancing years; and will he direct that a small pension be granted to him.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) This man was discharged after a service of two years 265 days only, on account of valvular disease of the heart. The Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital, after a careful consideration of the case, decided that Gillan was not entitled to any pension. He rendered no war service.