HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 cc1189-90W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his atten- tion has been drawn to the case of Private A. Lord, No. 72095, 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, attached to the Expeditionary Force Canteen, Dieppe, who was tried by field general court-martial with being in unlawful possession of a box containing toffee, the property of the Government; whether he is aware that he was found guilty and sentenced to be deprived of thirty days' pay; that he was convicted on the sole evidence of a military policeman, Lance Corporal Wilson; and that this witness, who, according to the second witness for the prosecution, seems to be unreliable, was convicted only a fortnight later of theft from the same place, i.e. stealing a case of whisky, the property of the Expeditionary Force Canteen, from the docks, and is now undergoing two years' imprisonment; and whether, in view of the order that it is the duty of the sentries to hand over any loose stuff lying about the dumps to the next guard or to the dump store, and that Private Lord was arrested while on duty, before he had an opportunity of complying with the above order, and that his officer commanding stated that he had an absolutely clear conduct sheet, ho will consider the case with a view to the finding of the court-martial in Private Lord's case referred to above rescinded?


I am making inquiries, and will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.