§ 3. Major BLAIR
asked the Secretary of State for War when the general issue of the Mons medal is to be made?
The general issue of the 1914 Star has already commenced, 716 and the stars for the personnel of twenty-four regiments have been dispatched to their respective record offices for disposal. The distribution will be proceeded with methodically until the complete issue has been effected.
§ 16. Lieutenant-Colonel McCALMONT
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the desire on the part of the recipients of either medal to have the ribbon of the 1914 Star distinguished from that of the 1914–15 Star; and whether, failing any better distinction, the possibility of ordering the former to be worn with precedence over the general war medal and the latter after the war medal will be considered?
The question of a distinction being made between the ribands of the 1914 Star and the 1914–1915 Star is at present under consideration.
38. Sir F. HALL
asked the Secretary for War if he is aware that the decoration of the 1915 star awarded for active service in 1914–15 on the various fronts has been given to the Royal Medical Corps serving in Egypt and has been withheld from those similarly serving Malta; whether Malta was one of the principal hospital bases for Gallipoli; whether Egypt also was a hospital base for wounded evacuated from Gallipoli; if the personnel serving at the base hospitals in France received this decoration; and if he will state what are the grounds that led to this difference?
The question of whether Malta should be considered to be a theatre of war in so far as the award of the "1914–15 Star" is concerned is at present under consideration.
Sir F. HALL
Is not the point as I indicated in my question, and, if so, when can we get a reply on the subject?
Sir F. HALL
I will repeat it in a fortnight's time and perhaps the right hon. Gentleman will be able to answer then.