HC Deb 24 October 1944 vol 404 c5
14. Captain Crowder

asked the Secretary of State for War if any decision has been arrived at as regards the wording of discharge certificates issued to soldiers who are discharged from the service on medical grounds.

Sir J. Grigg

Soldiers discharged from Army service on medical grounds have always been dealt with under King's Regulations paragraph 390 sub-para. (xvi)— and their discharge certificates marked with the words: —"Ceasing to fulfil Army physical requirements". In the past, soldiers in medical category C, for whom no suitable employment could be found in the Army, were discharged under sub-para. (xviii) "Services no longer required". They will in future be discharged under sub-para. (xvi) and their discharge certificates will be worded accordingly.

Mr. Crowder

Does that mean that if a man is discharged on account of wounds, or loss of a limb, it will be stated on his discharge certificate?

Sir J. Grigg

I am not sure, but I do not think so. The form is "Ceasing to fulfil Army physical requirements".

Mr. Turton

Will my right hon. Friend consider back-dating some of the discharge certificates for men who have been discharged because of wounds received in action who had the earlier rather opprobrious method of discharge?

Sir J. Grigg

I will consider whether that can be done. I think it will have to be on application, but I will certainly consider it.