§ 43. Mr. RENDALL
asked the Secretary of State for War whether a letter, countersigned by the police superintendent of Bristol, was sent to the War Office stating that the father and sister of Sapper A. W. Hendy, No. W.R. 554331, Royal Engineers, Port Directorate, Marghil, or Tanoomah, Mesopotamia, had died, leaving his mother and two young children, and asking for leave for Sapper Hendy; whether no reply of any kind has been given to this letter; whether a cable to the commanding officer has also been unresponded to; and whether, in the circumstances stated, he will see that leave is granted if discharge of the man cannot be given at once?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I am informed that there is no trace of any application regarding this soldier having been received in the War Office. I hope that it may be possible to arrange for Sapper Hendy to be transferred to the home establishment and his discharge on compassionate grounds will then be considered.