Far East Operations (Higher Age Groups)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Prisoners of War – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th April 1945.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham 12:00 am, 10th April 1945

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the fact that, except in special circumstances, men over 35 years of age are not to be called up, it is proposed, when the war in Europe is over, to send men over that age now serving with the Forces on the Continent to the Far Eastern theatre of war.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

The policy we are pursuing is, naturally, to restrict overseas posting to the Far Eastern theatres as far as possible, to those members of the Forces who are not due for early release. This policy will automatically result in limiting the numbers of older men so posted but there is and can be no rigid upper age limit.