HC Deb 20 December 1916 vol 88 c1430

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that John Bennett, of Blackburn, was given a non-combatant certificate by the local tribunal, which was afterwards withdrawn by the Appeal Tribunal; that he was arrested and taken to Preston, thence to Plymouth, court-martialled, sentenced to 112 days' imprisonment with hard labour, which was served at Mutley civil prison; and that he afterwards appeared before the Central Tribunal, and was returned to Gilford Camp, Plymouth, at the expiration of his sentence; whether he has been deemed not genuine by the Central Tribunal; whether he was again court-martialled and sentenced to one year's imprisonment with hard labour; and, if so, will he say on what grounds?


I regret that I am not able to trace this man. If the hon. Member will give me his number and regiment, and, if possible, the date of the court-martial, I will have inquiries made, and will communicate the result to my hon. Friend.