HC Deb 24 February 1920 vol 125 cc1514-5W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether Mr. E. Jones, a Post Office servant, was mobilised from the Army Reserve on the 4th August, 1914, and served as Lance-corporal E. Jones, No. 6,077, A Squadron, 1st King's Dragoon Guards, until May, 1915, when he was asked in the interests of the Army, to transfer to the Royal Engineers, Signal Section; whether as Corporal E. Jones, No. 37,672, he served with the Royal Engineers Signals in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, without leave until he was demobilised in May, 1919; whether, although this man was not specially enlisted in the Royal Engineers, he has been refused a war gratuity on discharge; and whether, having regard to the valuable services rendered by Corporal Jones, and to the fact that no dependant's allowance was paid to his family during his period of service, he will cause inquiries to be made with a view to a war gratuity on discharge being paid in this case?


I will have enquiry made into this case, and will let the hon. Member know the result.

Captain LOSEBY

asked the Secretary of State for War if the terms of Part 3, Section 10, of the Pay Warrant are being so interpreted by officials of his Department that officers who have received incapacitating wounds have in certain cases been declared to be ineligible for wound gratuities on the grounds that the wounds were not in the first instance declared to be of a severe nature; and if he will order a revision of these cases where it is admitted that a gratuity was refused on these grounds?


I know of no such case. Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will give me particulars of an instance on which he relics.