HC Deb 05 February 1918 vol 101 c2071

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will make inquiry into the circumstances in which Sapper Frederick George Ball, No. 476056, Royal Engineers, was punished for overstaying his leave; whether he is aware that this soldier, stationed in this country, on returning home found his wife in the pains of childbirth, and was asked by the doctor to stay and look after his wife, and was given a certificate by the doctor; that on returning to Redmires Camp, Sheffield, a day late, the soldier was brought before the commanding officer, and, despite the production of Dr. Skinner's certificate, was sentenced to seven days' confinement to barracks and to have three days' Royal Warrant pay stopped; and what action it is proposed to take in this matter?


I am inquiring, and will let my hon. Friend know the result as soon as possible.