HC Deb 19 August 1919 vol 119 cc2152-3W
Captain BROWN

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that many non-commissioned officers and men of the 1st Durham Light Infantry were induced to re-engage when in India on the understanding that they would be sent home for duty and that on arrival home they were posted to the2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, which is due immediately for foreign service; and if he will take steps to have these men kept at home so that the undertaking given them may be fulfilled?


Nothing is known of such an undertaking. If particulars can be given the matter will be investigated at once.


asked the Secretary of State for War whether Private C. E. Flamanke, No. 66.436, Durham Light Infantry, released prisoner of war, is now under orders for Russia; and whether, in view of the promises of the military authorities, this procedure can be stopped?


I presume that Private Flamanke is under orders for the Army of the Black Sea. As I have frequently explained in connection with the position of repatriated prisoners of war, it would not be right to confer upon them a privilege as againt their comrades of the fighting Line; if men are fit in bodily health they must be treated alike, according to the age and categories prescribed.