Mr. T. WILSON
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that a large number of men who belonged to the Home Hospital Reserve and who have been on duty since the beginning of the War joined this Reserve on the understanding that they would be retained for service at the Home hospitals, and that many of these men, some of them over military age, are being drafted for service abroad into any unit that the Army authorities select; and whether, seeing that these men are serving under a special agreement, they have the right of appeal to any tribunal if they object to serve abroad?
§ Mr. FORSTER
The men of the Home Hospital Reserve joined originally for service in hospitals at home. Many of them, however, volunteered for service with Armies in the field, and of these a considerable number have been drafted for service Overseas in some unit of the R.A.M.C. Those who did not volunteer have been retained at home.