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Service In Mesopotamia (Demobilisationleave)

Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office the number of British officers who were detained in Mesopotamia for three years or over continuously, and who on demobilisation were never granted any leave whatever or any compensation for the absence of such leave?

War Office records are not kept in such a form as to give this number, which could only he ascertained by much research, the cost of which is not, I think, justifiable. I would, however, point out that whilst no temporary officers (except repatriated prisoners of War) were granted leave on demobilisation all of them received a gratuity at the rate of 124 days' pay for the first year's service and 62 days' pay for each subsequent year or part of a year.