HC Deb 18 April 1907 vol 172 cc1132-3
MR. COURTHOPE (Sussex, Rye)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the case of H. Keeley, now residing at 313, Battle Road, Hollington, near Hastings, who was severely injured by an explosion on board H.M.S. "Furious," at Gibraltar, in the winter of 1902–3; whether he is aware that, on that occasion, Keeley enabled all others to escape †See (4) Debates, clxv., 813. by his promptitude in giving the alarm, while he himself remained in the stokehold to draw the fires; and that, as a result of injuries received on this occasion, Keeley became subject to fits, in consequence of which he was invalided out of the Navy in September, 1906, and is now, owing to their increasing frequency, unable to work or to go out unattended; and whether the Admiralty will grant him a greater pension than 6d. per diem.


There is no record of any such explosion or of any injury to Keeley. The disability for which he was invalided was not attributable to the Service, and the pension of 6½d. a day which he has been granted is the full amount which the circumstances of his case entitle him to receive from naval funds under the Regulations.