§ 13. Mr. ALDEN
asked the Under-Secretary for War whether he is aware that the late Lieutenant L. J. Angus, of the 63rd Provisional Battalion, Territorial Forces, stationed at Gorleston-on-Sea, was drowned, in the month of August last, while bathing; whether the application of his widow for a pension has been refused on the ground that the accident did not occur in the performance of military duty; whether the duties of Lieutenant Angus, as quartermaster, prevented him from being present at the ordinary bathing parade; and whether, seeing that his death, although it was the result of bathing at some other time than the fixed 181 bathing parade, was in effect the result of carrying out the orders of the commanding officer that all officers and men should bathe, he will, in the circumstances, reconsider the decision not to grant a pension to the widow, especially in view of the fact that she has three children totally unprovided for?
§ Mr. TENNANT
I am aware of the circumstances of this sad case, and much regret that it is not one for which the Regulations, by which I am bound, provide a pension. I have under consideration the issue of a gratuity in accordance with the Report of the Select Committee.