HC Deb 31 May 1916 vol 82 cc2705-6
46. Mr. PETO

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the number of men who have served for long periods in the fighting line in the various theatres of war, have been wounded, or have been invalided out of the Service, or after service abroad have been passed as fit only for duty at Home, a decision has been arrived at as to the issue of a service medal or ribbon at an early date during the continuance of the War; and, if so, whether it will be issued to officers and men, whose service complies with the conditions, who have served or are serving in the military forces raised in any part of the British Empire?


It is not considered that the time has yet arrived for the issue of a service medal. I have every sympathy with the object of the hon. Member's question, and it was decided some time ago to provide men who have been discharged on medical grounds since the beginning of the War with an armlet. These are being issued on application being made. The whole question is still under consideration.


Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate whether these armlets he speaks of are ready for issue?


I think they are, but I will make inquiries.


Does the right hon. Gentleman include under the head of men discharged on medical grounds men discharged on account of wounds?


I should think so, certainly.

Forward to