§ 12. Mr. SITCH
asked the Pensions Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Private F. J. Clarke, No. 240930, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who enlisted at Worcester on the 24th October, 1916, was relegated to Section B of the Army Reserve on 28th March, 1918, suffering from tubercular glands, and was again examined at Worcester on the 27th September, 1918, with the same result; whether an application for a pension or allowance was made to him on 27th March, 1919; and whether he is yet in a position to deal with the matter?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
An application for pension was received in this case in March, 1919, but the greatest difficulty has been experienced in obtaining any information regarding Private Clarke's military career. On inquiry from the Officer in Charge of Records, it was found that the official documents could not be traced. Unfortunately, the particulars at present available are insufficient to enable the pension claim to be decided upon, but every endeavour is being made to get the case settled as soon as possible. The local war pensions committee is being instructed to issue recoverable advances and provide any necessary 1140 treatment if the medical referee is able to certify that in his opinion Private Clarke's present condition was caused or aggravated by military service.