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Widow's Pension Claim (Mrs Gillespie)

Volume 161: debated on Friday 16 March 1923

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of Mrs. Gillespie, of 21, Warwick Street, Norwich, who claims pension in respect of her late husband, Private Gillespie, No. 55537, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, and who has one child and is destitute; and whether, seeing that the rejection of this claim was based on the absence of a continual medical history and that this defect in the claim was due to the unwillingness of Private Gillespie to go sick or claim sick leave, he will secure a revision of the adverse decision?

All the circumstances of this case received the fullest consideration by my medical advisers, both in connection with the late soldier's claim to pension and with that of his widow. The Ministry was, however, unable to accept the cause of death as being connected with service, and that decision, having been confirmed on appeal by the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, is now final.