HC Deb 23 July 1918 vol 108 cc1660-1W
General CROFT

asked the Home Secretary if the Order of the British Empire was awarded to B. C. Spoor, of Bishop Auckland, for duties with the Young Men's Christian Association at Salonika; and whether he is aware that B. C. Spoor, who came within the Military Act of 1916, was, just prior to the passing of the said Act, actively engaged in addressing meetings of a pacifist character under the auspices of the Union of Democratic Control?


This gentleman was recommended by the Secretary of State for War to be appointed an officer of the Order in respect of his services as officer in charge of Y.M.C.A. work in Macedonia and the Mediterranean, and the appointment was approved by His Majesty. I understand that Mr. Spoor has rendered great services, often at considerable personal peril, to the British Expeditionary Force in Salonika during the past two years. I find on inquiry that it is true that in February, 1916, he addressed a meeting held at Bishop Auckland under the auspices of the Union of Democratic Control, but since that date he has been serving with the British forces in the field.