asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that on Tuesday, 13th March, a party of soldiers belonging to the No. 10 Eastern Company, Non-Combatant Corps, were paraded for inoculation at the Milton Barracks, Gravesend; that ten of them objected; that the medical officer, Captain Johnston, then threatened them with court-martial; that they were forthwith confined to barracks, and, upon one of them complaining to the company officer, Lieutenant Tottenham, he was informed that OB. had been inflicted for refusing inoculation; whether all other objectors in the company have been, or are at present being, confined to barracks; if so, whether any cause exists for this other than refusal of inoculation; if not, whether he will punish the officers guilty of this action; and what amends he proposes to make to the soldiers who have been wronged through it?
§ Mr. P. MEEHAN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware that Private William Carroll, No. 41939, 13th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, A Company, 2nd Platoon, British Expeditionary Force, France, who enlisted on the 3rd October, 1916, has been in the trenches since early in December last; if he is aware that Carroll will not be nineteen years of age until October, 1917; why has this boy been sent to the trenches before attaining nineteen years and after such short training; and if he can state why this Irish boy, who enlisted in the 5th Lancers, was transferred to an English regiment instead of an Irish regiment?
§ Mr. FARRELL
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will state the present whereabouts of Private John Farrell, No. 23775, 4th Royal Irish Fusiliers, whose last known address was Portobello Barracks, Dublin; whether this man was tried by court-martial for deserting the Artillery and joining the 4th Royal Irish Fusiliers; what was the result of the trial; whether a brother of his was wounded in France, and is at present just about rejoining at the front; whether the separation allowance granted to his father was suspended after his desertion; and whether, as he has joined another corps, it will be renewed, especially having regard to the gallantry of the second boy?
§ Mr. FORSTER
Inquiries are being made, and I will inform the hon. Member of the result in due course.