HC Deb 30 July 1897 vol 51 c1608

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he had any information to give the House as to the fighting at Malakand.


I have received the following telegram:— From Viceroy, July 29, 1897. Camp attacked again last Light. Casualties.—Lieutenant Ford, 31st Bengal Infantry, wounded severely; Lieutenants Maclean, Guides, Swinley, 31st Bengal Infantry, slightly wounded; two sepoys killed, eight wounded. Enemy's loss not known. They charged up to breastworks, but could not penetrate. Pursuit was not attempted, owing to fatigue of men. Chakdara safe. Dargai has not been attacked. Officers wounded doing well, except Colonel Lamb and Lieutenant Ford, whose condition is serious. They go on to say that reinforcements would probably reach Malakand yesterday evening; and this evening I received the following telegram:— From Viceroy, July 30, 1897. Malakand. Total casualties up to July 29 apparently:— Killed, European officers and non-commissioned officers, three; native ranks, 17; followers, 15. Wounded: European officers, nine; native ranks, 71; followers, 11.