HC Deb 07 March 1917 vol 91 cc378-9

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, with regard to the gazetting of Lieutenant and Quartermaster W. A. Martin, 14th Reserve Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish), out of the Army on account of ill-health, if he has now completed his inquiries as to whether this was done without first communicating with his commanding officer; whether any communication was delivered to his commanding officer before the notice appeared in the "Gazette"; and whether the normal course was followed in this respect?


A letter was sent, following the normal procedure, to the General Officer Commanding the command in which Lieutenant Martin was serving on 3rd January, three days before the notice appeared in the "Gazette," and I am afraid that the communication failed to reach his commanding officer within that time, and that the latter was surprised to know the decision and learn of it for the first time on seeing the "Gazette" notice.