HC Deb 14 July 1915 vol 73 c813
13. Mr. R. McNEILL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware that Private Carswell, of the Rifle Brigade, who served through the South African War, rejoined his regiment as a Reservist on 4th August, 1914, and went to France within a fortnight in the Expeditionary Force, when he was in the firing line continuously till 18th October, when he received four wounds which necessitated several surgical operations for the removal of pieces of bone, and that he was for twenty-six weeks in hospital and was discharged on 30th April, 1915, his discharge being marked exemplary; whether, although Carswell has been incapacitated for work through one leg being shorter than the other, he has been awarded a temporary pension for twelve months of 1s. 6d. per day and his wife's separation allowance has been stopped; and whether, having regard to the fact that previous to rejoining the Colours as a Reservist Cars-well was in regular employment earning £1 per week, he will see that permanent and better provision is made for this veteran than a temporary pension of 1s. 6d. per day?


This soldier's pension is being re-assessed under the new warrant which was based upon the recommendations of the Select Committee. Disability pensions are granted temporarily until the extent of the incapacity is determined, but they are renewable if the incapacity continues.

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