§ 22. Mr. James Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will now consider recommending a pardon for, and the restoration of medals to, the 191 soldiers found guilty of mutiny at Salerno in 1943; and if he will make a statement.
§ 41. Mr. Jim Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will now consider recommending a pardon and restoration of medals to the 191 soldiers accused of mutiny at Salerno in 1943; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wiggin
The existing Ministry of Defence records have been researched and there is no evidence that those 317W who were found guilty of mutiny in 1943 by a field general court martial were not fit or were misled about their destination as vital reinforcements for the Salerno campaign. The disciplinary proceedings were reviewed by the Solicitor-General in 1947, who found they had been properly conducted, had fulfilled the requirements of justice, and that the proceedings were legally in order. That review took place well after the war and I do not believe there are any grounds now for reopening the case. Medals forfeited by those found guilty of mutiny can normally only be restored when at least three years of further exemplary or meritorious service has been given.