HC Deb 22 June 1916 vol 83 c345W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the unsatisfactory arrangements made in many places for military funerals; if in the Brighton area a very poor motor vehicle is used as a hearse for the burial of soldiers and no vehicle is provided for the relatives, who may have come long distances and cannot afford a conveyance and who have to walk a considerable distance to the cemetery; and if he will issue definite instructions for fitting arrangements to be made for the funeral of these men who have died for their country?


The motor vehicle referred to is a plain high-powered Napier hearse. Regulations do not admit of provision of a mourning coach for relatives, but, in exceptional circumstances such as those stated in the question, on application being made to the Command Headquarters a conveyance is sanctioned. No such application has been received from Brighton recently.

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