HC Deb 20 July 1914 vol 65 cc59-60W

asked the Secretary for War whether he will inquire into the circumstances in which Sergeant James Haggaty, of the Army Service Corps, was dismissed from the service on the 10th July; whether his dismissal was in any way connected with a charge of misappropriating stores for which he was tried and acquitted at Winchester in October last; and, if not, will he state why Haggaty's services were no longer required, seeing that he had served nearly fourteen years in the Army, and was given a good character by his commanding officer?


Sergeant Haggaty was tried and acquitted as stated. He had also been guilty of signing the name of an officer in the book as a voucher for the receipt of certain hay which was never traced. Under Section 92 Army Act a man can be discharged at any time when his services are no longer required, and this was done in Sergeant Haggaty's case. His character was no doubt assessed on ground that nothing definite was proved against him.