HC Deb 23 March 1885 vol 296 cc233-4

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he has received any further news from General Graham; and, whether, without detriment to the public service, he will communicate the same to the House?


I have only received one telegram from General Graham since those which were published in the papers this morning. This telegram has been sent to the newspapers, and has probably been already published in the evening papers. It is as follows:— From Lieutenant General Sir Gerald Graham to the Secretary of State for War. Suakin, March 23, 1885, 12.5 A.M. Following to Wolseley, March 22:— Following just received from M'Neill, 9 P.M.:—' Berkshire—Killed, Lieutenant Swinton and 12 men. Marines—eight men killed, 12 wounded. Navy—Killed, Lieutenant Seymour, six men. Royal Engineers—Captain Romilly and Lieutenant Newman killed. Indian Contingent—about 25 killed, including Major Von Beverhondt, and 70 wounded. 'It is impossible at present to get further information. Enemy broke into square of zereba, which was imperfectly formed. Attack lasted about 20 minutes. Enemy lost near 1,000. Very great loss in transport camels, horses, and mules; and no firing from enemy at present.' On first hearing firing, at 2.45 P.M., I ordered out Guards, except one battalion previously despatched to Hasheen with convoy. Remaining battalions, with Horse Artillery, advanced two miles towards zereba, and were retired on receipt of telegram from M'Neill. Two battalions go out to-morrow with further supplies. I shall accompany Guards, and will send further details.