HC Deb 02 April 1919 vol 114 cc1184-5

asked the Secretary of Stats for War whether he will consider the advisability of giving some decoration to those soldiers of the Old Army who were kept at home, often against their wishes, to train and instruct the New Armies, and who have rendered such valuable service to their country in the formation of our forces?


Soldiers of the Old Army who were kept at home in the conditions enumerated are eligible for certain rewards, as in the case of all troops on home service. The particular attention of general officers commanding in commands was called to these services, and they were asked to bear them in mind when submitting recommendations for the New Year "Gazette," 1919 (in respect of which all recommendations have now been dealt with), and in lists for the 3rd June "Gazette," 1919, now under consideration.


Were any of these soldiers specially brought to the notice of the commanding officers and given a decoration, or do they get one merely as a matter of course?


No; that has already been considered in the "Gazette" and ought to have been published on 1st January. Further cases will be reconsidered before the next list, on 3rd June, is settled.