44 and 62. Mr. ALFRED T. DAVIES
asked the Secretary of State for War (1)whether he will consider the desirability of issuing to the first seven divisions a distinctive medal bearing the words Old Contemptible as some acknowledgment of the historic part played by these officers and soldiers in the initial stages of the late War; and
(2) whether he will consider the desirability of issuing a war decoration for officers and soldiers who served in the first seven divisions, for the exceptional service they rendered to the Empire in the initial stages of the late War and notably in the historic retreat from Mons?
§ Mr. FORSTER
It is not proposed to issue any special medal or decoration in respect of these services other than the "1914 Star," which was granted in recognition of the services rendered by those divisions during the phase of the War in 1914. An Army Order regarding a distinctive mark to be worn on the riband of this Star, for those who served within range of the enemy's mobile artillery, will be published very shortly.