§ Major MILNER
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, in relation to Lieutenant J. Slater, he will state the grounds on which this officer was granted retired pay of £200 a year to be paid retrospectively; and whether this officer was serving, and, if so, in what rank, on 31st July, 1914, the nature of his first commission, his period of service on demobilisation, and in what ranks?
§ Mr. COOPER
This officer was serving in the rank of sergeant on 31st July, 1914, and on demobilisation he had three years' commissioned service and 14 years' service in successive ranks from gunner to warrant officer. He was first appointed to a temporary commission instead of to a permanent commission; but this was found to have been a mistake and the error was then rectified. Accordingly he1912W was awarded retired pay from the date of his retirement on 17th October, 1920.