HC Deb 24 April 1907 vol 173 c24
MR. RENDALL (Gloucestershire, Thornbury)

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that Daniel Symes, who entered the Navy on the 22nd March, 1855, after service therein served for five years in the Naval Reserve; whether he is aware that Symes was discharged with a character marked very good; that he is now seventy-three, still trying to do the little labourer's work of which he is capable, and has no children who can render him help; and if he can see his way to grant to Symes a Greenwich Hospital pension under the circumstances.

(Answered by Mr. Edmund Robertson.) Although Daniel Symes is eligible for consideration for the award of a Greenwich Hospital special pension, it has been decided that, having regard to his very short service (two years and fifty-five days), after which he was discharged to the shore at his own request, the grant to him of a special pension would not be justified, in view of the numerous superior claims on the funds of the charity.