HC Deb 26 March 1908 vol 186 cc1555-6

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Roland Crocker, trooper of the 11th Hussars, who died a short time ago in Kensington Workhouse Infirmary, and was proved by papers found in his possession to have been one of the Six Hundred at Balaclava, was buried with full military honours, a party of men from his old regiment, attending; and, if so, will the same concession apply to the Indian and Crimean veterans who reside in Belfast and neighbourhood.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The pensioner named in the Question was not buried with military honours, but the loan of a gun-carriage which was in the custody of the Army Service Corps at Kensington Barracks was sanctioned for his funeral. A few men of the 11th Hussars who were on furlough in London and a few men of the Army Service Corps voluntarily attended the funeral. Neither officers nor men who are not on the active list are entitled to a military funeral, but, as in the above case, there is no objection to a semi-military funeral being arranged privately, provided that no expense to the public is incurred.