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Far East Operations (Higher Age Groups)

Volume 409: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1945

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asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the fact that, except in special circumstances, men over 35 years of age are not to be called up, it is proposed, when the war in Europe is over, to send men over that age now serving with the Forces on the Continent to the Far Eastern theatre of war.

The policy we are pursuing is, naturally, to restrict overseas posting to the Far Eastern theatres as far as possible, to those members of the Forces who are not due for early release. This policy will automatically result in limiting the numbers of older men so posted but there is and can be no rigid upper age limit.