Youths (Discharge)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 24th March 1925.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch


asked the Secretary of State for War if he is prepared to introduce the necessary changes in enlistment Regulations whereby boys or youths who enlist before reaching the age of 17 may have the option of taking their discharge before reaching the age of 18?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I am not prepared to alter the rule that a recruit who mis-states his age on enlistment is held to serve, unless either he is found to be under 17 or there are special compassionate grounds for sanctioning his discharge.