HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 cc1720-1W

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that Mr. G. R. Wenham who, in October, 1915, was employed as a postman at the St. Leonards-on-Sea sorting office, received a letter from the then Postmaster-General inviting him to volunteer, and stating that his position in the Post Office would be kept open for him until his return; that Mr. Wenham, relying on that promise, volunteered and received a further letter from the Postmaster-General thanking him on behalf of His Majesty's Government for his patriotic action; and that Mr. Wenham returned two months ago but, despite numerous applications, has not yet been given his former position; and what action be proposes to take in the matter?


Mr. Wenham was a postman at Hastings before enlistment and on demobilisation was reinstated in the same capacity. It has not been possible to assign to him the same duty as he performed prior to enlistment, as it is being performed temporarily by another postman whose health is impaired. A postman is liable to perform any of the duties of his class; and the Postmaster-General's promise of 1915 had reference to reinstatement in the same situation, not necessarily on the same duty.