HC Deb 24 March 1899 vol 69 c333

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is able to explain the apparent discrepancy between the statement made by General Gatacre, in a recently published article, to the effect that the beaten army of the Khalifa, accompanied by many women, was fired upon as it retired, with the categorical denial of the Sirdar?


General Gatacre stated in his article that as the Khalifa's beaten army retired up the Nile it was impossible to prevent the casualties among the women who accompanied it, but equally impossible to allow the Dervishes to escape unmolested. The Sirdar's denial referred to the charge relating to fire being opened on the fugitives in the streets of Omdurman. There is no discrepancy between the accounts.