§ Mr. JOYCE
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention had been called to the case of a soldier, named Denis Murphy, a private in the Royal Munster Fusiliers, Regimental No. 4,176, who during the late South African War, on the 6th July, 1900, in the advance on the town of Bethlehem, volunteered to cut down a wire entanglement which offered great obstruction to the advance of the troops; that Murphy succeeded in his mission, but then fell badly wounded; had any communication ever been made to the War Office as to Murphy's action; would the officer of his company be written to in connection with this case; and, if the statement of Murphy's bravery was correct, what action would be taken by the War Office in this case?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Haldane)
There is no record of the incident mentioned in the question. Additions to pension for gallant conduct are only given for cases officially brought to notice at the time of occurrence.
§ Mr. JOHN WARD
Would the failure of an officer to report, or an official of a Department to report and take cognisance of such an act prevent the man from receiving proper recognition?
§ Mr. HALDANE
I have already stated that additions to pension for gallant conduct are only given for cases officially brought to notice at the time of the occurrences.