HC Deb 13 November 1917 vol 99 c233W
Colonel CLIVE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he can see his way to remedy the grievance whereby a badly wounded officer if unfit for service is put on half-pay after eighteen months, whereas a prisoner of war if exonerated from blame by a Court of inquiry receives full pay for the whole time he was a prisoner; and, seeing that an officer by being wounded loses his chance of promotion, if he will see that he receives the full pay of his rank at least till the end of the War?


My hon. and gallant Friend is misinformed on the subject of promotion. The wounded officer gets the ordinary regimental promotion in his turn, whereas the promotion given to the prisoner of war is limited. Moreover, an officer whose wounds are very severe is entitled to wound gratuity or pension.