HC Deb 07 August 1919 vol 119 cc579-80W

asked the Secretary of State for War if drivers in the motor transport section in France who are employed in the removal of disinterred bodies can be relieved of their work when it affects their health; and whether the work can be entrusted to civilians properly selected for the task?


Drivers do not come into actual contact with the bodies. They are Royal Army Service Corps personnel who volunteered for this work and who are paid at special rates. Any soldier whose health is affected would be admitted to hospital and a relief found. The task of the concentration of the isolated graves into central cemeteries belongs to the Army, and it is not possible to employ civilian labour at present.

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