§ MR. GLOVER (St. Helens)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Patrick Tye, who served his country as under:—In the 1st Connaught Rangers 6 years 256 days (6 years in the East Indies); 1st Class Army Reserve, 5 years 109 days; Section 1). Army Reserve, 4 years; Royal Irish Reserve Regiment, 1 year; Royal Garrison Regiment, 2 years 47 days; and 4th Connaught Rangers Militia Reserve, 4 years 2 days; or a total of 23 years 49 days, and to the fact that, when he completed his 2 years and 47 days in the Royal Garrison Regiment, he made application to join the Militia Reserve for 4 years on the understanding that he would be allowed to serve on till his 24 years were completed and thereby earn a life pension; that on 20th May last his 4 years expired, and he made application to re-engage to complete 4 more years, which would have made his total years' service 27 years and 49 days, and was told that he was too old to re-engage, and was thus deprived of his pension; and whether, seeing that his Militia Reserve pay was £1 10s. per quarter, on 1st April last he received his pay, £1 10s., on 20th May his time expired, and on 22nd May he received his discharge, he will grant him his pension.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane)No application for a pension from this man can be traced. The case will, however, be inquired into and the result of the inquiry will be notified to the hon. Member.