HC Deb 20 June 1907 vol 176 c602
MR. GLOVER (St. Helens)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Patrick Tye, who served his country as under:—In the 1st Connaught Rangers 6 years 256 days (6 years in the East Indies); 1st Class Army Reserve, 5 years 109 days; Section 1). Army Reserve, 4 years; Royal Irish Reserve Regiment, 1 year; Royal Garrison Regiment, 2 years 47 days; and 4th Connaught Rangers Militia Reserve, 4 years 2 days; or a total of 23 years 49 days, and to the fact that, when he completed his 2 years and 47 days in the Royal Garrison Regiment, he made application to join the Militia Reserve for 4 years on the understanding that he would be allowed to serve on till his 24 years were completed and thereby earn a life pension; that on 20th May last his 4 years expired, and he made application to re-engage to complete 4 more years, which would have made his total years' service 27 years and 49 days, and was told that he was too old to re-engage, and was thus deprived of his pension; and whether, seeing that his Militia Reserve pay was £1 10s. per quarter, on 1st April last he received his pay, £1 10s., on 20th May his time expired, and on 22nd May he received his discharge, he will grant him his pension.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane)No application for a pension from this man can be traced. The case will, however, be inquired into and the result of the inquiry will be notified to the hon. Member.