HC Deb 03 June 1924 vol 174 cc1083-4W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his per- sonal attention has been called to the case of Mr. R. Sutton, 35/Infantry/3366 (F. 3) who, being a quartermaster-sergeant with eight and a-half years' experience, took up duty as a military clerk in the Record Office, No. 1 District, after leaving his regiment on discharge a few months previously, and trained hundreds of clerks and earned high testimonials for his work, and now claims re-assessment of pension on the ground that, after 28 years' continuous military service, he was a soldier under the Army Act, 176 (4), and so rendered paid military service, and was thus included in the terms of table 5, paragraph 11, of Article 6 (325) of 1919; and whether he will reconsider the decision of 12th May, 1920?


A pre-War Army pension cannot be re-assessed at the post-War rates unless the recipient gave satisfactory re-enlisted service during the Great War, as required by paragraph 2(c) of the preamble to Army Order 325 of 1919. Mr. Sutton was not re-enlisted during the Great War, and I much regret, therefore, that he is ineligible for re-assessment. To this rule there are no exceptions.