HC Deb 24 February 1919 vol 112 c1416W
Captain R. TERRELL

asked the Secretary of State for War how many Distinguished Service Orders, Military Crosses, and Mons Medals have been awarded to Staff officers who have never actually led their troops in the field?

Captain GUEST

The information asked for is not available, but if my hon. and gallant Friend will call upon the Military Secretary at the War Office he will arrange to show him some figures.


asked the Secretary of State for War if, in the issue of war medals and decorations, he will recommend the adoption of some clearly distinguishing mark when the award is made for purely Staff services and not for the actual leadership of men on the battlefield?

Captain GUEST

My hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion is not considered practicable.


asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that much of the hard fighting on the Western Front took place in the years 1916, 1917, and 1918, and that the men of 1914–15 are entitled to a decoration, he will consider the advisability of granting a decoration to men who took part in the later fighting and were unable to enlist in the early days in consequence of being employed on important Government work?

Captain GUEST

I would refer my right hon. Friend to the answer to the question asked by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Bath on Wednesday last, in which it was stated that a comprehensive statement embodying the conditions of award of all medals to be sanctioned in recognition of services during the present War will shortly be published.