§ Mr. WATT
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Corporal Day, of the Rifle Brigade, was awarded in 1912 the meritorious service medal with annuity, and George James Beer, of Ramsgate, was awarded similar honours in the same year; and whether these two soldiers were above the rank of corporal and mentioned in dispatches, in view of the fact that other soldiers are shut out from these honours because they have not fulfilled these two conditions?
§ Colonel SEELY
No award of the meritorious service medal was made to any soldier of the name of Day in 1912. The only man of that name now in possession of the medal was a warrant officer, and was granted the medal in 1906. Pensioner Colour-Sergeant George John 'Beer held the rank of sergeant and colour-sergeant for thirty-five years.