§ 28. Earl WINTERTON
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that C. J. Churcher, formerly No. 290175, 5th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, who rejoined the Army in September, 1914, alter distinguished active service in India in 1884–8, was an acting-sergeant from 5th September, 1914, to October, 1917, but received no pay and allowances from 15th February, 1915, onwards, though compelled by his rank to use the sergeants' mess; if anything can be done in his and similar cases; and if the views of hon. Members of this House who have, during the War, had practical experience of the hardships imposed by the system of acting ranks may be communicated to him privately?
I am making inquiry, and will communicate with my Noble and gallant Friend as soon as possible.