HC Deb 06 July 1954 vol 529 c159W
Mr. Coldrick

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will make a statement on the circumstances attending the death in Germany of Sapper Mortimer O'Leary of Bristol; why there was a delay in informing his mother; and what financial aid will be given to the family who had to borrow money to attend the funeral.

Mr. Head

This soldier was drowned while swimming in the River Weser on 20th June. I have been into the case most carefully and there was no delay in informing his mother. My Department has given every help to his mother and sister over their attendance at the funeral, but I cannot meet the cost of travel from public funds.

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