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West African Soldiers (Demobilisation)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether the demobilisation scheme for West African soldiers is similar to the age and length of service scheme applicable to British soldiers; and whether it is intended to operate it at approximately the same rate.

No, Sir. After consultation with the West African Governments a system of demobilisation by units has been adopted. Subject to over-riding military requirements, those units with longest service overseas will be the first to be sent home for release as military considerations permit successive reductions in the number of West African troops employed.