HC Deb 04 July 1918 vol 107 cc1868-9W
Colonel ASHLEY

asked the Undersecretary of State for War on what ground Edward Gregson, of 12, Moor Street, Kirkham, aged forty-two, a married man, was arrested on 26th June as an absentee and sent to Whitchurch; whether he is aware that this man had already once been medically examined in September, 1916, and was subsequently called up for re-examination at the Guildhall Street, Preston, recruiting centre on 15th June of this year, and was passed Grade 3; that he entered an appeal against his being called to the Colours on 26th June; that on 23rd June he received a letter saying that as he had been an absentee since 31st December, 1917, his appeal was invalid; that on 24th June he presented himself at the recruiting office, Preston, and having explained the circumstances was permitted to become a munition worker at Dick Kerr and Company's works in that town, and began to work there; that on 26th June he was arrested by the military and not allowed to return home; and whether, in view of the above and the fact that absentees are not called up for re-examination, he will at once direct that the man be released from the Army, into which he was illegally drafted?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. I was not aware of the circumstances of the case to which the hon. and gallant Member refers. Inquiries are being made, and I will inform the hon. Member of the result as soon as possible.


asked the Minister of National Service whether his attention has been called to the case of Finlay Mackenzie, of Durnamuck, Dundonnell, Ullapool, the youngest of a family of six sons, five of whom voluntarily enlisted, and who is in charge of 20 acres of arable and 408 of hill pasture; whether he is aware that this man has been called up, and that in consequence the farm must be neglected or pass into other hands; and whether he will consider this case before taking final action?


Inquiries are being made, and I will inform the hon. Member in due course of the result.

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