HC Deb 06 March 1885 vol 295 cc288-9

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, considering the delays which have occurred in publishing the lists of casualties to non-commissioned officers and privates serving in the Soudan, and the anxiety of the relatives of these soldiers as to their safety, the War Office can arrange to have complete lists of killed and wounded published in England as soon as they are received from Egypt; and, whether he will impress on the military authorities in the field the importance of supplying such lists of casualties to private soldiers, as well as to officers, as soon as they can possibly do so without risk of error?


There is no avoidable delay in the publication of these lists. They are telegraphed from abroad as soon as the information can be collected after an action, and they are published at home directly the names and numbers can be verified. This process takes longer in the case of men than of officers, as the verification of the former has to be made from the pay lists of the regiments, where there are often several soldiers of the same name. In the case of officers, The Army List at once settles any question of identity.