HC Deb 09 March 1922 vol 151 c1505W

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Driver W. Horrocks, No. 53,134, Royal Field Artillery, of 113, Caroline Street, Wigan, who joined the Regular Army in November, 1908, lost his right eye in 1911 in the execution of his duties as a non-commissioned officer; that he was kept in the Army, and in August, 1914, was sent to serve in France, where he served for 3½ years, when he contracted adenitis, and was discharged on 6th May, 1918; that he was awarded a permanent pension for the loss of his eye of 10s. 6d. per week, which was stopped in June, 1921, because he was in receipt of a pension for disability through service in the Great War; and whether he will have this case looked into, with a view to this man, who served nine years and 163 days in the service, receiving a pension for the loss of his eye?


I am aware of the technical difficulty which has arisen in this and similar cases, and am at present in communication with the Service Departments who are responsible for claims arising in respect of injuries due to service in peace time. It is expected that a decision, which will enable suitable compensation to be granted in this case, will shortly be arrived at.