§ Mr. G. BARKER
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if Sapper Robert Wills, No. 156539, Royal Engineers, who was killed in France on 4th November, 1917, was alleged to have remitted sums amounting in the aggregate to £25 to certain persons during the year 1917; that up to the present time all efforts to find the existence and whereabouts of the persons who are stated to have received these remittances have failed; will he therefore have special inquiry made in the interests of the person to whom this soldier left his estate to see whether these remittances were actually made by this soldier; and will he furnish the legatee with the evidence of the genuineness of these remittances?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
I have ascertained that the late No. 156539, Sapper R. Wills, Royal Engineers, authorised remittances amounting in the aggregate to £25 during 1917, which were sent to the addresses furnished by the late soldier. Special inquiries have already been made. The evidence that these remittances were authorised by him and payment made on his behalf by the Regimental Paymaster, Chatham, has already been furnished to the hon. Member.