HC Deb 04 March 1915 vol 70 cc953-4

asked what is the position of men serving in the Royal Marines who have completed their time for pension during the period of hostilities and are serving on in their regiment; and will pensions be paid from the date when their period of service expired or only from the date of final discharge at the end of the War?


Marines whose period of service expires while they are serving on a foreign station may, at the discretion of the Commanding Officer on the station under the Royal Marines Act, 1847, be detained for a period of two years. During the continuance of the present War it is open to the Admiralty under the Royal Marines Act, 1914, to retain also for a similar period the services of those Marines whose period of engagement expires while they are serving at home. No awards of Long Service pensions can be made until the men are discharged, but applications for the award of Good Conduct Medal or Good Conduct Gratuity earned by service will be considered. The further service will be taken into account when the pensions are awarded at the close of the War, and pensions earned by service up to the date of completing time for pension will be regarded as secured except in cases of conviction for mutiny or felony or of dismissal from the Service with disgrace?