HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 cc354-5W

asked the Undersecretary of State for War if he is aware that Albert Walsgrove, aged fifteen, son of Mrs. Walsgrove, of Vivash Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, was placed in the Newport Market Training School, Westminster, on the distinct understanding that such schooling should in nowise pledge him to Army service, and that he has been placed (17th July, 1916) as No. 13111, King's Royal Rifle Corps, band boy, Barton-on-Sea, without any reference to Mrs. Walsgrove; if Alfred Walsgrove allots 2s. 4d. to his mother, who is a widow with five younger children to look after, and Mrs. Walsgrove was promised (War Office letter W.O. 2 DK/WAS/1873) financial assistance instead of the release of her son, and that now this financial assistance is denied her; and if he will inquire into the matter and release the boy, at least temporarily, so that he may assist his mother in supporting the family, or, if he is kept as a band boy, that Mrs. Walsgrove should receive financial assistance?


Inquiries are being made, and the result will be communicated to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

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