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Ex-Soldiers

Volume 66: debated on Wednesday 26 August 1914

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I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for War whether ex-soldiers under the age of forty-two who have served with the Colours and who belong to the National Reserve, are eligible for enlistment in Lord Kitchener's New Army at their option in their former regiments; whether such men are entitled on enlistment to a bounty, and, if so, of what amount; and whether full instructions on this subject have been sent to all recruiting stations?

I have only just received the question, but the answer to the first paragraph is in the affirmative. They are eligible. I do not think it possible, as I said in answer to a question, for any recruit to have it at his option in what unit he shall be recruited. As far as possible their wishes will be respected. As to the bounty I will inform the hon. and learned Gentleman later. I have not the figures by me. As to instructions to recruiting stations, no doubt recruiting officers are fully informed as to what the Regulations are.