HC Deb 19 April 1917 vol 92 cc1858-9W

asked the Under-Secretary of 'State for War whether he will inquire into the question of leave as it affects the 13th Battalion (Pioneers) Gloucester Regiment, 39th Division; whether this Battalion has been in France for thirteen months, almost wholly on night work, and has shown throughout great keenness and good discipline; whether no leave has been granted during the period, except special leave for pecuniary, etc., reasons to less than thirty men; and will he represent these facts to the Commander-in-Chief in France, so that this matter may be looked into?


asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware that many soldiers at the front have not had leave for eighteen months; and if he will make an Order that those who have served more than twelve months at the front shall be granted leave to visit their homes and friends?


In answering these questions I regret that I can add nothing to the answer which I gave on 2nd April to my hon. Friend the Member for Salford North.