HC Deb 12 January 1916 vol 77 c1595
35. Mr. J. P. FARRELL

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether the statement of accounts furnished to the widow of Private E. White, No. 2,967, 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment, who was killed in France in May, 1915, included the full amount to which he was entitled; whether he is aware that the late Private White is credited only with 158 days' pay when he was actually nine months in the firing line; whether he is aware that this man left a large family of small children now utterly destitute; and whether he will direct a further examination of the dead soldier's accounts with a view to having justice done to the bereaved widow and family?


The statement of the accounts of the late Private E. White, 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment, furnished to his widow, includes the full amount to which he was entitled. He was not transferred from the 3rd Battalion at home to the 2nd Battalion abroad until the 25th November, 1914. The pay due to him up to that date was duly credited to him. The 158 days referred to in the question represent the period from 25th November, 1914, to the date of his death, 1st May, 1915, inclusive. His widow is in receipt of a pension of 26s. 6d. a week for herself and six children.