HC Deb 05 February 1929 vol 224 cc1595-6W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the provisions of Articles 1136 (f) and 1163, Pay Warrant, 1914, he will inquire into the circumstances under which a service pension has not been awarded to Mr. Fred Cundell, late lance-corporal, No. 7443, Northamptonshire Regiment, seeing that this ex-soldier served continuously from 12th December, 1898, until 19th February, 1916, inclusive of Colour, Reserve and Great War service, a total of 17 years and 70 days, and was discharged as being no longer physically fit for war service?


Mr. Cundell claimed his discharge under Section 87 of the Army Act on the termination of his engagement, and was dealt with accordingly. He was not, in fact, discharged as physically unfit for war service. The fact that the certificate of discharge was, for subsequent reasons which had no bearing on pension, altered some three years later, in 1919, to one of discharge on account of physical unfitness, does not of itself confer on him a title to pension under the Warrant provisions referred to, for which the actual circumstances of his discharge did not qualify him. I am, however, looking further into the merits of the particular case, in which there are some special features, and will communicate later with the hon. and gallant Member.

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