HC Deb 14 March 1917 vol 91 cc1063-4

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will cause inquiry to be made into the case of Archibald Jardine, of Hawick, who, on 4th February, 1916, volunteered under the Derby scheme and was rejected for right hernia and who has since been passed for general service in Category A and required to join at Galashiels on 14th March, 1917, although exemption was pleaded before the tribunal on the ground that without him the business of James Jardine and Company, tweed merchants. Croft Road, Hawick, of which he was sole owner, cannot be carried on, his father having been medically certified as too weak in health to conduct and there being no other person available?


Inquiries are being made into the facts of this case, and I will communicate the result to my hon. Friend, but I would remind him that if Mr. Archibald Jardine was sent the written notice required to be sent by Section 3 (2) of the Military Service Act. 1916 (Session 2) to men who had offered themselves for enlistment and been rejected since the 14th August, 1915, and if on medical re-examination he was passed fit for general service and is not in possession of a certificate of exemption from the tribunal, there would appear to be no reason why he should not be called up for military service.