HC Deb 17 February 1920 vol 125 c725W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will inquire into the evidence given in the case of the late Private John Finney, No. 242,023, 5th battalion, King's Own Royal Leinster Regiment, whose death occurred in France on 31st July, 1917, caused by wounds received in action and was so reported to his parents by the commanding officer, the chaplain, and the records office, the commanding officer stating the soldier was badly wounded in the head, and died soon after reaching hospital, a subsequent court of inquiry returning a verdict that the soldier died from self-inflicted wounds; and, as the parents have been informed that this verdict was given on unreliable and unsupported evidence, will he have the case reviewed to remove, if possible, the discredit now felt by the soldier's family to be attached to his memory?


I am making inquiries, and will let my hon. Friend know the result as soon as possible.