§ Mr. FFRENCH
asked the Under-Secretary for War if he is aware that the old age pensions committee for the borough of Wexford deprecate the present method of notifying the death of those killed in battle by sending an official letter to their immediate relatives, as it is the cause of extra sorrow and sometimes serious illness; and whether he will consider the advisability of adopting their suggestion, namely, that the announcement of such deaths should be communicated to the local recruiting officer, with instructions to inform the local clergy ministering to the relatives of the deceased so that they might break the news to the persons concerned?
§ Mr. TENNANT
The resolution referred to has been duly considered, but I am afraid that it would be quite impracticable to utilise the services of the recruiting officers. I may say, however, that where the relatives of soldiers wish that the notification of death shall be sent to their clergy, instead of direct to themselves, regard will be paid to their wishes if they will notify the record office that they wish the notification sent through that channel.