Combative Spirit (Sentenced Soldiers).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

asked the Secretary of State for War, whether in order to encourage an offensive spirit throughout the Army, he will remit the sentences on Sergeant Peter King and Private Tom Cuthbertson, Army Dental Corps, who recently took a motor-boat to France without authority or, alternatively, reduce the sentences to reprimand?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

These sentences have been confirmed by the appropriate military authorities, and I am not prepared to override their judgment. I quite appreciate, however, the desire of these men for a more combative life and will make arrangements for them to be transferred to an arm where I hope it can be gratified.