HC Deb 19 November 1919 vol 121 c933W

asked the Secretary of State for War under what Regulation Private John Kennedy, No. 64546, 2nd Company, 21 Hut, Scottish Rifles, Curragh Camp, Ireland, son of John Kennedy, 11, Cowlairs Road, Springburn, Glasgow, is retained against his own wishes and his parents in the Army, seeing that he was only seventeen years and three months old when he enlisted without his parents' consent in July, 1919, and is still under eighteen years of age; and will he instruct his immediate discharge?


The age limit for recruits is fixed by Regulations made under Section 93 of the Army Act. If a recruit misstates his age on enlistment the War Office do not consider that to be a sufficient cause in itself for discharging him from the Army. This case, however, is being inquired into, and I will communicate the result to my hon. Friend in due course.