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British Army (Personal Cases)

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War what inquiries he has made into the case of 22805669 Private E. J. Whiten, B Company, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who, after an absence of information for two months, was reported to be in a hospital in Japan on 5th January, 1954, and about whom no further information could be obtained by his parents until 22nd January, 1954, when a telegram was received stating that he was in Netley Hospital, near Southampton, and who is now reported to be suffering from torsion dystonia.

Reports were called for from the military authorities in Japan and the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley. Private Whiten was admitted to hospital in Japan on 21st December last year and his parents were informed. While there, however, he was neither seriously nor dangerously ill. On 13th January he was flown home and his parents were told as soon as he arrived. As the hon. Members knows, since that time all possible help and information have been given to his parents who have visited him several times.


asked the Secretary of State for War, when the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras, South, may expect a reply to her letter of 26th February about the Call-up of Mr. J. Tomes.