§ 35. Mr. GROVES
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Edward Clarke, of 13, Forest Street, Forest Gate, enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 29th March, 1928, No. 779,951, and his record showed him as a very strong and healthy man with exemplary character, but that after serving 6 years and 266 days he was discharged from the Army as medically unfit; and, as the Army authorities refuse to accept any responsibility for the cause of the disability from which the man is suffering or compensation, will he have the whole matter re-investigated and ensure that the man receives adequate compensation for his liability?
I have made inquiries into this case and I am advised that the disability from which this man is suffering is not attributable to military service, and he is therefore ineligible for any award of pension. Mr. Clarke was medically fit when he was transferred to the Army Reserve from the Colours in December, 1934, and he was invalided from the Army Reserve in April, 1935, on account of a disability contracted in civil life.