HC Deb 08 August 1919 vol 119 c739W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he has considered the case of Private Walter Felt-well, No. 492350, 2/13th Battalion London Regiment, papers relating to whom were handed to the hon. Member for Bridge town on the 30th ultimo; whether Private Feltwell joined Group 1. of the Derby scheme on the 18th January, 1916, that being his eighteenth birthday; that he was attached to the 2/13th Battalion London Regiment on the 5th and left England for France on the 21st June, 1916, and has been continuously on service in France, Salonika, and Palestine for thirty-two consecutive months, and with the 7th Indian Division for four months in Asia Minor, making a total overseas service of thirty-six months, and is now in England on his first leave; whether, notwithstanding the declaration of 16th July last that no Derby recruit actually joining before the 1st July, 1916, would be sent further from home than the Army of the Rhine, Private Feltwell has received orders to report at Canterbury on the 10th instant; and whether he will see that this man is not sent back to Asia Minor, especially in view of his long service and the present health of his father?


Inquiries are being made, and my hon. and learned Friend will be informed of the result as soon as possible.