HC Deb 09 December 1919 vol 122 cc1151-2W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Sapper Cave, of the 3rd Corps (Signal Company), was transferred to the 2nd wireless squadron on March, 1919; whether this man has been almost stone deaf for nearly two years, and is useless as a wireless operator; whether Sapper Cave has been refused demobilisation, and has been solely employed picking up paper and in supervising the work of an Indian sanitary orderly; and whether he will cause immediate inquiries to be made with a view to the release of this man?


Inquiries are being made, and I will let the hon. Member know the result as soon as possible


asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there are 1916 men with foreign service of three and a-half years without leave still serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps with the river sick convoy unit in Mesopotamia, and apparently without any preparations for their return home; and will he inquire into this, with a view to expediting their release?


Under existing instructions all warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men eligible for demobilisation who enlisted voluntarily or joined for continuous service with the Colours in 1916 are to be despatched from their present stations or theatres by the 1st February next, subject to the necessary transport being available. I have no reason to suppose that any such man will be detained beyond the date mentioned.