Sir J. D. REES
asked the Secretary of State for War whether retired majors and retired captains of Militia and Special Reserve who previous to the War had thirteen years' service to their credit and who have, since the War began, rejoined the Army and completed four years' further service therein, are on demobilisation entitled to the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel, as they would have been had their service been continuous regimental service?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
No, Sir. Under the Regulations in force these officers are not entitled to any grant of increased rank unless they have become eligible for it under Army Order 376 of 1918, by holding the higher rank for six months in the aggregate during the War. Officers who have so held the rank of lieutenant-colonel are on demobilisation, and after relinquishing their temporary commissions, granted equivalent substantive, not honorary rank.