HC Deb 26 February 1919 vol 112 c1773W

asked the Secretary of State for War if troops who joined the Colours in 1914, and who have been retained in Salonika, have been, or are being sent to Siberia and other parts of Russia, and if protests have been lodged by some of the men who have been drafted to Russia and an inquiry asked for by them; and whether these men who have served since 1914 have been promised demobilisation some time since which has not yet been redeemed?

Captain GUEST

No troops other than volunteers and those eligible for retention in the Armies of Occupation are being sent from Salonika to Russia. Troops, no doubt including some who have served since 1914, have been sent in the last three months from Salonika to Transcaucasia to carry out the terms of the Armistice with Turkey. All, of course, other than Regulars with unexpired Colour service, who enlisted prior to 1st January, 1916, or are over thirty-seven years of age, are eligible for demobilisation and will be brought home as soon as possible, unless they volunteer to remain in the Armies of Occupation. I have not heard of any protests being lodged.

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