§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire W.)
I beg to ask the Undersecretary of State for India whether he can give the House any information as to the reported death, in the action on the Chin Hills, Upper Burma, of Lieutenant L. A. Forbes, of the 3rd Goorkhas?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir J. FERGUSSON, Manchester, N.E.)
The following telegram has been received from the Viceroy:—Reported from Chin country that detachment 39th Bengal Infantry, under Lieutenant Mocatta, detailed from Haka, was attacked April 4, while returning towards Haka, by a large gathering of Chins of the Klanglang tribe. The detachment continued march, fighting till met by force from Haka of the same regiment under Mainwaring. Lieutenant Forbes wounded severely in arm, five men killed, 12 wounded. This disturbance is believed to be local and unconnected with events on Manipur side. Steps will be taken to punish offending tribes.This 39th (Gurhuali) Regiment is the old 2nd Battalion 3rd Goorkhas. The old 39th was reduced very lately, and its place in the Army List taken by the 2nd Battalion 3rd Goorkhas. A new 2nd Battalion 3rd Goorkhas is being raised in India. Lieutenant Forbes's initials are L.A.
§ House adjourned at a quarter before Six o'clock.