HC Deb 25 October 1916 vol 86 cc1141-2W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the son of British parents horn in the Argentine Republic in 1899, and who was registered at the British Consulate at Bahia Blanca in 1907 but then came to England, where he has since resided, should attest under the Military Service Act, having regard to the fact that, if he returns to Argentina after he is twenty years of age, he will be treated as a military deserter?


The son of British parents who was born in the Argentine Republic in 1899 possesses British nationality by reason of his parentage. He may also possess Argentine nationality. The present practice with regard to such a man, if he establishes the fact that he does also possess a neutral nationality, is that he is not called up for military service in Great Britain under the Military Service Acts during his minority if he is unwilling to serve, and claims that he intends to make a declaration of alienage and so adopt exclusively the alien nationality. After reaching twenty-one such a man is required to serve unless within two months of attaining that age he submits a declaration of alienage to the Home Office.