HC Deb 08 July 1918 vol 108 c48W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he has received an application from the chairman of the local food control committee of Brodick, Arran, appealing for the release of Private Donald Watson, No. 63227, Highland Light Infantry, on the grounds that he, being the only butcher in the district, was indispensable to the community; and whether he can secure his release during the summer months?


I am informed by the War Office that instructions were issued on the 4th instant for the transfer of Private Donald Watson, 3rd Highland Light Infantry, to Class B of the Army Reserve.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will state the conditions applicable to men in Army Reserve, Class B; and whether a man transferred from the Army to Reserve Class B, and classified in Grade B2, has any further liability for military service?


I have been asked by my right hon. Friend to reply. There are two classes of men in Army Reserve B. First, men who have become Reservists under the Military Service Acts, or by voluntary attestation, but who have not been posted to the Colours. These men are liable to be called up in the ordinary course, subject to any exemption which they may obtain. Secondly, certain men who have been posted to the Colours, but have been for some reason returned to civil life for the time being as Reservists, but have not been discharged. These men are liable to be recalled out of the Reserve.