HC Deb 01 May 1919 vol 115 cc352-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, on the recent dispersal to England of the 42nd Division, twenty-one Royal Army Medical Corps details, almost wholly East Lancashire Territorials who enlisted in 1914–15, were left behind at Charleroi; why these soldiers were selected for retention when Royal Army Medical Corps men of shorter service and of the same units were sent home for demobilisation; and whether he will inquire into the practicability of releasing the details in question to civil life?


Senior officers have been appointed to inspect unit registers with a view to ensuring that no officers or men, including those of administrative services and departments, who are eligible for demobilisation are being retained without good and sufficient cause. I do not think it necessary, therefore, to institute special inquiries into this case at the present stage.