HC Deb 16 August 1916 vol 85 c1844

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Private R. A. Sheraton, No. 14,441, B Company, Hut 13, 16th Durham Light Infantry, Penkridge Bank Camp, Rugeley, Staffs, who has been refused his final leave because he objects to inoculation; whether this man has been in the Army since the beginning of the War and has served in France; whether a similar objection in July, 1915, met with a similar result; whether his wife's appeal to the War Office then secured the man leave; and whether he will see that he has his final leave in spite of his objection to inoculation?


Inquiry is being made into this case, and my hon. Friend will be informed of the result, as soon as possible.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is not an isolated case, and that thousands of cases like this are arising; and can nothing be done to stop this shameful persecution of good soldiers who are guilty of no offence and this penalising of their familes by keeping them months, and sometimes years, without leave?


I am not aware of that.

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