HC Deb 23 November 1920 vol 135 cc192-3
8. Colonel BURN

asked the Secretary of State for War why an officer who, before the War, commanded a battalion for four years, and who rejoined and served as a brigadier throughout the Great War, is not allowed to count the latter service for increase of pension?


asked the Secretary of State for War if officers who have served for many years before the War, some of them in command of battalions, and have then immediately rejoined on the outbreak of the War, and have served in some cases continuously throughout the War, are not allowed to count this war service towards the assessment for pension; and, if not, if he will reconsider their position?


These officers were, I presume, in receipt of retired pay, and drew it while serving in addition to their ordinary pay. They cannot count the period of war service for an increase of retired pay, though that service entitles them to re-assessment of their retired pay on the new scale under Army Order 324 of 1919. I might add that the rank of Brigadier-General does not carry any special rate of retired pay.