HC Deb 26 February 1919 vol 112 cc1785-6W
Lieutenant-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the widow of the late Lieutenant Barber, Gloucester Regiment, has been refused a gratuity for herself and child amounting to £186, which, by the terms of the Royal Warrant, is awarded to the widow of a lieutenant who suffers a violent death due to war service, on the ground that the ship on which Lieutenant Barber was travelling on duty is believed to have foundered in a gale, though there is no evidence that she did not strike a mine or was spurlos versenkt; and if, under the circumstances, the will cause the Royal Warrant to be amended to cover similar cases?


My right hon. Friend is personally considering the case.