HC Deb 18 April 1929 vol 227 cc381-2

asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been called to the death of Captain J. W. Dore, of Stainforth, near Doncaster, after having recently been in the Thorne Workhouse for a short period; is he aware that Captain Dore was drafted to France in 1914, was wounded in 1915, and after having several bullets extracted from his right arm and shoulder returned to France the same year, gained a commission for bravery in the field, rose to the rank of captain, and was awarded the M.C. and bar; that after five years' continuous service he was discharged with a pension, which was stopped in 1921; that when he was wounded in 1914 a bullet in the shoulder could not be located and eventually worked into the lung; and that it; is feared that this was in some measure responsible for developing tuberculosis, which eventually caused the death of Captain Dore; and will he state what steps, if any, have been taken with a view to compensating his widow and children?


This officer was granted compensation for gunshot wound, right arm, in 1921, and no more was heard of him by my Department until February of this year, when he represented that, as a result of a wound, pulmonary tuberculosis had developed. The case was under investigation when the officer died, but such evidence as the Ministry had obtained did not support the hon. Member's suggestion as to the cause of the disease. In these circumstances and in the absence also of arty application for a pension from the widow, I am, of course, unable to say anything as to the merits of any claim she may make.


If this matter is taken up by the widow, will the right hon. Gentleman give consideration to it?


The widow's application will certainly be gone into, but I am afraid that a difficulty is that according to our record she married after the man had left the service.

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