HC Deb 08 March 1917 vol 91 c569W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. Cuppage Clifford, of Castletownroche, county Cork, who has been engaged in helping recruiting, recently obtained an order from the local bench for the eviction of the wife of one of his servants who joined the Army, a Mrs. Seymour; and is he aware that a child of this woman recently died, and that the mother was given £l for the coffin to consent to this eviction, but in the case of a poor and helpless woman will the authorities interfere to prevent a soldier's home from being broken up by expedients of this kind?


I am informed that Roger Seymour was a ploughman employed by and living in a lodge belonging to Mr. Cuppage, and that he joined the Army in January, but did not inform Mr. Cuppage; that the house occupied by Mrs. Seymour is the only one available for the necessary workman, and that there is no truth in the statement that Mrs. Seymour received £l for a coffin to entice her to give up the house.