Illness (Notification to Next of Kin).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons am ar 8 Rhagfyr 1931.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Viscount  Borodale Viscount Borodale , Camberwell Peckham


asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, in view of the case of Trooper Brown, 12th Lancers, which was brought to his notice on 23rd November, he will issue instructions that the initial telegram informing the next of kin of a man who is dangerously ill shall contain information of the nature of the man's illness or injuries?

Photo of Mr Duff Cooper Mr Duff Cooper , Westminster St George's

The Regulations provide for the nature of the man's illness to be stated in the telegram which is sent to the next of kin when a soldier is reported "dangerously ill." It is regretted that in this particular case this information was not given in the telegram, though it was supplied by a letter sent on the same day.

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

In view of the long period of foreign service that this distinguished regiment is now undergoing, and the care that it takes to keep in touch with all their kith and kin at home, will the hon. Gentleman not see to it that these mistakes do not happen again when their men are away in hospital?