Oral Answers to Questions — Acts of Gallantry (Posthumous Awards).

– in the House of Commons on 29th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

asked the Prime Minister whether, as the only decorations that can be given posthumously are the Victoria Cross and the George Cross, he will recommend to His Majesty an extension of the range of posthumous awards in order that the many acts of gallantry which result in death but do not justify the two decorations mentioned may be suitably honoured?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 20th May last to my hon. Friend the Member for South Kensington (Sir W. Davison), a copy of which I am sending him.

Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

Although I cannot at this moment recollect the reply, will the right hon. Gentleman consider giving posthumous decorations to persons mentioned in despatches, at least in cases where they deserve it?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I have thought a good deal about this, and I know it is being carefully studied, but hitherto opinion has been against multiplying posthumous decorations.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

In view of recent events, is it not possible for the Committee which has been giving careful consideration to this matter to reconsider it?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I will consider that.