HC Deb 30 October 1918 vol 110 cc1454-5
44. Mr. P. A. HARRIS

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a draft of lads under nineteen was sent overseas from the Gordon Highlanders early in September and, in spite of the undertaking given by him on 7th August, in the same month were sent into the firing line?


Inquiries are already being made, and I will let my hon. Friend know the result as soon as possible.


Would it not be the greatest hardship to lads of nineteen to peremptorily forbid their entering the firing line, in view of the fact that they have displayed the greatest gallantry during the War?


I have already said that I regard the conduct and attitude of these young fellows when perforce they were sent abroad in March last as simply magnificent.