HC Deb 15 June 1910 vol 17 c1432W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Charles Gardiner, of 43, Chatham Hill, Chatham, aged twenty, who enlisted in the 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers on 24th August, 1908, No. 2,413, whilst doing physical exercise in the gymnasium slipped and fell, breaking the tendons of his right hand, and thereby permanently losing the use of two of his fingers; that Charles Gardiner was discharged on 29th November, 1909, as medically unfit; and that he was, and is, permanently incapacitated from doing any manual work; and whether he will inquire into the case with a view to granting Gardiner a disability pension or such other assistance as the circumstances of the case require or admit of?


This man's injury was not received on duty, but when boxing in the gymnasium, and he had only fifteen months' service. In these circumstances the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital decided that he had no claim to pension.