§ MR. J. L. WANKLYN (Bradford, Central)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War upon what date compensation was paid to the officers and men who lost their property in the wreck of the Warren Hastings off the Island of Réunion on the 13th January last, nearly six months ago, and who behaved on that occasion with great gallantry?
THE HON. MEMBER
also asked the Under Secretary of State for War whether, beyond the 24s. for a free kit, it is proposed to give the rank and file, who lost their property in the wreck of the Warren Hastings off the island of Réunion on the 13th January last, 10s. only as a gratuity for the loss of their private property, and no reward whatever as a recognition of their gallantry and fine exhibition of discipline upon that occasion?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODICK,) Surrey, Guildford
The officers and men who lost their property in the Warren Hastings are distributed in several foreign commands, and inquiries necessarily took time. Free kits were issued on January 28th, and the orders for payment of compensation have all been dispatched. Every sufferer by the wreck has received a sum in excess of the regulations, and the military authorities regard the sums awarded as adequate to the loss incurred. The gallantry and discipline of the troops have been fully recognised in the proper manner.