HC Deb 31 July 1919 vol 118 cc2287-8
108. Mr. CAIRNS

asked the Secretary of State for War is he aware that Sapper A. Howard, No. 457596, 451st Field Company, Royal Engineers, at No. 5 Camp, Deolali, India, joined up in 1915; is he aware that this man's father has had a stroke and the sapper son is his only sup port: and, on that ground, will he grant his release from the Army?

Captain GUEST

If Sapper Howard joined the Colours for immediate service prior to 1st January, 1916, he will be demobilised in his turn when demobilisation recommences in India. I regret that I cannot authorise his immediate release.


Can the hon. Gentleman state when demobilisation is likely to reopen?

Captain GUEST

That depends on the difficulties of transport in the Red Sea during the hot weather.

109. Mr. CAIRNS

asked the Secretary of State for War whether 1 e is aware that Sapper A. Smith, No. 62645, of the No. 2 Wireless Observation Group, Egypt, enlisted in November, 1914; that he has served at the Dardanelles, in Palestine, and Egypt, without home leave; that he has suffered from sand fly fever and malaria, and that his commanding officer has certified him as available for demobilisation without substitution; whether the average task of the three operators at this station is one message per day between them; whether he stated on 30th June that if Sapper Smith's length of service was as stated he was eligible for demobilisation; and whether he will state what steps have been taken to release this man?

Captain GUEST

A cablegram has been sent to Egypt inquiring into this man's position as regards demobilisation.