HC Deb 14 June 1915 vol 72 cc495-6

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether letters addressed to soldiers serving with the A Company, 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers, 87th Brigade, 29th Division, in the British Expeditionary Force, care of General Post Office, London, and when wounded to the Military Base Hospital, Alexandria, have not been delivered; if he is aware that in one case ten letters sent at different times by relatives to one soldier, and addressed as above, are all undelivered; and whether this condition of things continues and what the explanation is?


If letters intended for the unit mentioned have been inscribed "British Expeditionary Force," the instructions issued have not been followed, and this would account for any failure to deliver. I will send my hon. Friend a few copies of the instructions. As regards correspondence with the forces in the Mediterranean, I am afraid my hon. Friend must not expect the same rapidity and certainty of delivery as now obtains, I believe in the case of correspondence for the Expeditionary Force in France, but I can assure him that everything possible will be done by my right hon. Friend the Postmaster-General and by the military authorities to give as good a service as the circumstances permit.

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