HC Deb 19 February 1878 vol 237 cc1922-3

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, If he can afford any information as to how the Russians disposed and what has become of Doctors Armand, Leslie, and Neville, two of whom are British subjects, who were made prisoners by the Russians at Kamarli early in January?


Sir, from communications which we have received, we understand that the doctors mentioned in the Question of the hon. Gentleman were made prisoners of war at Kamarli; and, subsequently, they, no doubt, endured very great hardships. When they arrived at Adrianople the Grand Duke Nicholas, upon the representation of our Consul, Mr. Blunt, ordered their release, and they were then granted permission to proceed to Constantinople. When the hardships that these gentlemen had endured came to be known to Her Majesty's Government, they instructed their Ambassador at St. Petersburg to make representations to the Russian Government; and we are informed that the Commander-in-Chief expressed his very great regret at the hardships they had endured, and he said that rigorous inquiries would be instituted into the matter and severe punishment inflicted upon the persons who were responsible for those hardships, if it turned out that the facts alleged were true. Upon their release the prisoners in question went to Constantinople, and we are informed that two of them are intending to return to England.