HC Deb 23 January 1918 vol 101 cc975-6
38. Sir C. HENRY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the members of the Expeditionary Force, including a battalion of the South Wales Borderers and other units, who took part in the capture of Tsingtau, are entitled to receive the ribbon and medal that is being awarded to those men who were in service in France between August. and November, 1914; and, if not, will he state the reasons why those who were instrumental in the victory in the East should not receive similar recognition to those engaged in the campaign in France?


The answer to the first part of this question is in the negative. With regard to the latter part of the question, the 1914 Star is granted for certain service which is specified in Army Order 350, of 1917. Unless the conditions for the award of this decoration are fulfilled, it cannot be awarded. However, the claims of all who have taken part in any military operations against the enemy will in due course receive suitable recognition.


Does that refer to the period of the operations between August and November, 1914, or to the present period?


Certainly. The 1914 Star was given for special service in France. The other point the hon. Member raised will be looked into.