HC Deb 03 June 1918 vol 106 c1233
63. Sir F. HALL

asked the Under secretary of State for War if it has been the practice for some time past to arrange that officers who have been engaged for a considerable time on active service in France and elsewhere should be sent back for a six months' period of home service; if a large number of such officers have recently returned to the front not with-standing that only a short part of their six months' period at home had expired; if he will state the reasons for adopting this course in view of the fact that there are a number of officers passed for general service who have not yet left this country, while those sent back have, in a large number of cases, had two years' active service and upwards; and, if so, whether he will take the necessary steps to ensure that the service of officers at the front shall be more equally distributed?


Officers in need of rest from active service have been sent from France and elsewhere for a tour of service at home for a period of six months. Owing to the urgent necessity for experienced officers in particular units, the Commander-in-Chief has in some cases asked for the return of certain officers, and, if found fit for service, they have been sent back.