HC Deb 16 May 1916 vol 82 cc1331-2

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will have inquiries made into the case of Jack Foister, a school teacher, of 17, River Side, Cambridge, who applied for exemption on grounds of conscience, and was recently enlisted for non-combatant service, and particularly if he will say whether, on 8th May, a notice was sent to this man from the Cambridge recruiting office calling him up for service with the Colours on 23rd May; whether on 25th April, nearly a month before the date on which he was due to join, he was arrested as a deserter and taken before the Cambridge bench of magistrates; whether he then asked for a remand, which the bench refused to grant; whether he was detained in prison till an escort could be sent for him, and then removed first to Northampton and afterwards to Felixstowe; whether, on 1st May, he was released from camp and allowed to go without escort to Peterborough for the hearing of an appeal before the district Appeal Tribunal; whether his appeal was dismissed and he then returned to Felixstowe; whether, on 3rd May, he was sentenced by a court martial to twenty-eight days' imprisonment for refusing to sign a paper, and kept in solitary confinement; whether, on 8th May, while still under sentence of imprisonment, he was removed to France; and whether, in view of the fact that this man was illegally arrested, illegally detained in barracks, illegally imprisoned, and illegally removed to France, the War Office will take any action in the matter?


I have called for a report.