§ Lieut.-Colonel HURST
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, in the ease of a lance-sergeant in the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment, reported missing in Iraq on the 24th July, 1920 (reference E/795132/1, Accounts 4), his next-of-kin are entitled to pay down to that date, or to the date when the War Office presumed his death, namely, the 18th January, 1921?
§ Sir. L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
Pay ceases to be credited to a oldier after the date on which he is reported missing unless later evidence is forthcoming that he was alive after that date. In the absence of such evidence the soldier is presumed to have died on the date on which he was reported missing, and no further pay is credited to him. The lance-sergeant referred to was reported1564W missing from the 24th July, 1920. No further news of him was received. He was therefore presumed to have died on the 24th July, 1920, and pay is issuable only to that date.