HC Deb 25 October 1916 vol 86 cc1114-5

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the injustice to the memory of officers and men who died after the performance of deeds of great gallantry in the field, by reason of the Regulation which Prevents the conferring of any posthumous honour or decoration except the Victoria Cross, steps will be taken to alter the Regulations so as to enable the D.S.O. and Military Cross to be conferred in cases of death?


As I informed the hon. Member for York in August last, this question is very difficult, but I can assure him that very sympathetic consideration is being given to it. As the hon. and gallant Member for Wednesbury was informed on the 17th instant in reply to a question, certain proposals are now under consideration. My right hon. Friend has appointed a Committee for the purpose, and several of the members happen to be Members of this and of the other House. My right hon. Friend hopes that he will receive recommendations the adoption of which will meet the demand made on behalf of the next-of-kin of officers and soldiers who have fallen for some form of recognition of the sacrifice they have been called upon to make.