HC Deb 02 November 1916 vol 86 cc1802-4

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a watchmaker named John Ladd, now Private No. 9732, 2/4th York Regiment, Hipswell Camp, Catterick, appeared before the medical board at Cardiff on 1st June and was placed in B 1 Class; that he was thoroughly examined by the same board on 24th August, when he was placed in C 3; that on 8th September he was called up, nevertheless, for service on his first medical ticket, namely, B 1; that the military representative caused it to be written on Private Ladd's notice paper that his second medical ticket was not recognised; that he was taken ill on his way to camp and had to remain in billet at Northallerton; that during the eight days he was in camp he was for four days on light duty, being unfit for parade and drill; and that he has been at home on leave for close on two weeks, during which time he has been medically attended by Dr. W. E. Thomas; and whether, in the circumstances, Private Ladd will be placed in Class O 3, where he could be of some service to the country, instead of in B 1?


Inquiries are being made.


asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that numbers of men who were rejected subsequently to 14th August, 1915, and to whom notice to present themselves again for medical examination was not sent before 1st September, 1916, have now received notice requiring them to present themselves for service with the Colours; whether these notices have been sent out in error; and what steps ought to be taken by men who hold certificates of rejection in order to secure that the military authorities, where they do not dispute the facts, shall cancel the calling-up notice?


Men who have offered themselves for enlistment since 14th August, 1915, and who have been rejected and hold a certificate to that effect should see the recruiting officer concerned, and should show him the certificate in question. The date of dispatch of the notice requiring men to present themselves again for medical examination is of importance only in the case of men who on offering themselves were not attested. A man who was attested, but was at the time of attestation not accepted on medical grounds, may be called up for reexamination at any time.


asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a man who was rejected at the Woodford Recruiting Office on 11th December, 1915, and who received Army Form B 2512a, endorsed M. 0. does not approve, signed W. L. Gadsdon, Captain, Recruiting Offices, Woodford, and to whom no notice was sent before 1st September,. 1916, requiring him to present himself again for medical examination, has now on 18th October received a notice calling him up for re-examination; whether he is aware that, on his attention being called to these facts, the recruiting officer replied that the form held did not cover the man in question under present circumstances; and if he will state whether this form so endorsed has no validity under the Military Service Act?


The facts of this case are not quite clear, and I will have inquiries made.


Has the hon. Member seen a Copy of the correspondence between this man and the recruiting officer which I forwarded to the War Office?


No, I have not seen it.