HC Deb 20 November 1911 vol 31 cc991-2W

asked the Under-Secretary for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Alfred Pike, of Wessex Buildings, Wedmore Street, Holloway, late of the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade, who was discharged from the Army 25th October, 1901, on a pension of 8d. per day, as unfit after over eighteen years' service; was he entitled to this pension in respect of length of service irrespective of invalidity; will he state whether the regulations entitle a man to some additional pension when discharged through physical unfitness; is he aware that Alfred Pike is still suffering from the ailment contracted while in the Army, which interferes with employment in his occupation, and that the wording of his discharge certificate, that he is unfit for further service, is of itself a disability when seeking employment; and will he cause inquiry to be made with a view to ascertaining whether this is a case which calls for some further allowance?

Colonel SEELY

This case has already been specially considered by the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital who reported that Alfred Pike was in receipt of the full pension to which he is entitled. He was entitled by length of service to a pension of a similar amount, but two pensions cannot be drawn at the same time.