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Army Signaller

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he will inquire into the case, details of which have been submitted to him, of a man who volunteered for service in the Royal Corps of Signals, fought in Normandy and since his return has been employed in menial work in the Army, while his father, the managing director of a firm supplying building materials, is in failing health and in urgent need of his son's assistance in a rapidly increasing business; and will he expedite the release of this man.

This Signalman was formerly a tradesman, but has been employed on general duties since he became medically unfit to carry out the duties of his trade as a result of his medical category being lowered to C2. His age and service group for release is 52. He is at present awaiting a medical board to determine whether he should be discharged, but if he proves fit to remain in the Army he will continue to be employed on duties suitable to his qualifications and medical category.The question of his release on industrial grounds can be considered only if a special recommendation is submitted by a Government Department through the Ministry of Labour. As far as I am aware, no such recommendation has yet been made.