§ Mr. R. GWYNNE
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that the rank of L. H. Hide, late sergeant, No. 420, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, has reverted to that of private as from the date of his being made prisoner in September, 1917; and, seeing that he was promoted on the field and continued to hold the rank of sergeant even when he was subsequently in hospital and on home service in England, and was paid and did duty as such, whether it is in accordance with Regulations that his rank should only be regarded as acting from the date of his capture for the purpose of assessing his pay?
§ Mr. FORSTER
This non-commissioned officer was appointed acting-sergeant overseas on 23rd January, 1917, reverted to lance-corporal on coming home on 25th February, 1917, and was again appointed acting-sergeant on 10th August, 1917. He was captured on 25th September, 1917, and in accordance with the Regulations ceased790W to draw the pay of his acting-rank from the date of capture. There is no record that he was at any time promoted to the substantive rank of sergeant.