HC Deb 20 December 1916 vol 88 cc1425-6
14. Captain BURGOYNE

asked whether a clerk in the employ of Messrs. Walker dine and Company named Cowper, who had been passed initially for duty abroad, obtained, at the request of Mr. Walker dine, junior, a three months' exemption as a measuring surveyor for the Dover contract; whether Cowper is registered as a builder's clerk; whether in effect he has been near the Connaught Barracks, Dover, and, if so, when; whether, on being called up at the end of his three months' exemption, a medical board rejected him as medically unfit for the Army; what were the grounds for this rejection; and whether, in the view of the War Office, the original exemption for this man was obtained under false pretences?


This man was passed in March as fit for Home service only, and his calling up was postponed in view of the fact that he was at work on quantity surveying, etc., on the contract for the Connaught Barracks, and on other Government work. The time had not arrived when it was necessary to do any actual measuring at the Connaught Barracks. In October he was called up for service, and on examination by a medical board was rejected. The postponement of this man's service was not obtained under false pretences, since he was on essential work in connection with Government contracts.

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