HC Deb 02 May 1892 vol 3 c1779

I wish to ask whether the Government have any information confirmatory of that which appeared in a telegram in the second edition of the Times with reference to occurrences at Toniataba?


Toniataba is a town near the banks of the Gambia, which was held by a sub-chief of the Marander, Fodey Cabba, against whom, it will be remembered, it was recently necessary to send an expedition. On the 15th March a detachment of West Indian troops under Major Madden was sent to Toniataba to summon the chief to surrender. This he refused to do, and Major Madden attempted to force his way into the town, but failed to do so. It accordingly became necessary to reduce the place; and, as soon as the Tambai expedition at Sierra Leone was over, arrangements were made for effecting this object. The following telegram has been received from the Administrator— Bathurst, 1st May.—Toniataba stubbornly defended, but completely destroyed 28th April. Officer commanding sending full particulars. The Admiralty have also received a telegram from the Senior Naval Officer at Bathurst, also dated 1st May. Toniataba destroyed. Naval brigade under Wilkin landed. Casualties: No. 149,266 William Godley, seaman, severely wounded; doing well.