HC Deb 19 April 1917 vol 92 c1861W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War why the warrant officers and non-commissioned officers of the 8th and 9th battalions 6f the Royal Munster Fusiliers who were sent back to Ireland from France wounded were reduced to the rank and pay of privates, whilst the separation allowances of their wives and families have also been cut down; if a similar course has been adopted with officers of the higher command in the Army; and, if not, why such an order has been carried out against these particular men; and if immediate steps will be taken to have all these cases dealt with and justice done to the men, in spite of the paymasters at Cork and at the base in France?


I am afraid that I cannot give my hon. Friend an answer in regard to the particular cases without fuller details and inquiry. I would remind him, however, that, under certain conditions, acting rank may be given in France, which is relinquished when the holder ceases to perform the duties attached to it.