HC Deb 31 July 1923 vol 167 cc1281-2W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the fact that Private Eli Bragg, No. S.B.A. 2686, regimental No. 2532, 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers, of Nottingham, who enlisted on 17th June, 1878, and who, out of 6 years 349 days of service with the Colours, served overseas for five years 343 days, is receiving 12s. 6d. per week from the Nottingham Board of Guardians as poor relief; that this man is only receiving a pension of 7½d. per day; and that he is unable to work and has a wife entirely dependent upon him; and will he make inquiries into this man's case and, if possible, ensure that his pension is made more adequate to his service?


Mr. Bragg's service was not long enough to entitle him to a service pension, nor was his disability due to military service. It was, however, possible under Article 1165 of the Warrant of 1914, to allow pensions in special cases where the disability was contracted during service, though not caused by service, and Mr. Bragg's case was dealt with by the Chelsea Commissioners under this provision. I much regret that there are no Regulations under which this award can be increased. Mr. Bragg may, however, be eligible for a special cam- paign pension in lieu when he attains the age of 65 years, and should make application on that date to the Secretary, Royal Hospital, Chelsea.