HC Deb 13 June 1910 vol 17 c1026

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that in the case of the death at Portsmouth of a Crimean or other veteran belonging to the military service, the military authorities, on application, allow the use of a gun-carriage, buglers, band, and a funeral escort to pay respect to the memory of deceased; whether he is aware that on an application being made under similar circumstances to the naval authorities the request is refused on account of the regulations precluding such respect being paid to the memory of naval veterans; whether he is aware that service honours being granted at a funeral makes a considerable difference to the cost which has to be borne by the relatives without any expense being borne by the State; and whether he can see his way to remove the present difference of treatment between the funerals of veterans in the Army and Navy by paying a fitting tribute to the naval veterans when borne to their last restingplace?


I am inquiring into the War Office practice in this matter, and will communicate with the Noble Lord later.