HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 c1186W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he can give any reason for the retention of 1911–15 men in Egypt, while many men conscripted in 1917–15 are being released; and if he is aware that the majority of these men have had no leave for over four years?


A number of men who were eligible for demobilisation have had to be retained temporarily in Egypt chiefly owing to the disturbances there. Instructions have now been issued for the early release of all such men serving in Egypt and elsewhere, except those in India and North Russia. I am informed that no men who joined the Colours on or after the 1st January, 1916, have been released unless they were eligible under the Regulations in force at the time.