§ Mr. WATERSON
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Private H. Linnett, No. 553,337, joined up on 1st September, 1914, in the Northants Regiment, and that, after being seriously wounded several times, was sent to Purfleet for demobilisation in March, 1919; that he was, at some time unknown to himself, placed under the authority of the Labour Corps, but was prior to that in the Royal Air Force; that he cannot get his discharge papers and medal ribbons, although both the Royal Air Force and the Labour Corps have been written to; and, seeing that the man has no discharge, will Army pay be granted until he is released, and such to be retrospective?
§ Major TRYON
I have been asked to reply to this question. The answer to the first part is in the affirmative; to the second, that this man was transferred to the Labour Corps from the Northants Regiment in 1917, and was afterwards attached to the Royal Flying Corps, and subsequently the Royal Air Force, for sanitary duties, until he was demobilised on 29th March, 1919; to the third part, that delay occurred owing to an irregularity in the papers concerning him, which has necessitated extensive inquiries. His certificate of Transfer to Reserve on Demobilisation (Army Form Z. 21) has been sent to him, and his claims to disability pension and to medal ribbons are being dealt with. In regard to the fourth part, Army Form Z. 11, which he received on demobilisation, is tantamount to his discharge paper, he has received one month's furlough on full pay, and he is not entitled to any further Air Force or Army pay.