HC Deb 30 July 1900 vol 87 cc19-20
MR. BAINBRIDGE (Lincolnshire, Gainsborough)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Lieutenant Danks, of the Manchester Regiment, was mentioned in despatches relating to the battle of Elandslaagte on 21st October, 1899, and that those despatches were not published in the Gazette prior to his death, on 31st May, 1900, from the effect of wounds received in that engagement; and, in the case of such a death in a military hospital in England, will he state whose duty it is to inform the relatives of the fact; and is it usual to send any intimation of regret from the War Office.


Lieutenant Danks was not mentioned in despatches. His, parents were present at his death, and therefore it was not necessary to send any notification. The person responsible for notifying the death of an officer dying in a military hospital at home is the officer commanding the unit to which the officer was attached on being sent home.


Was not this gentleman mentioned in the report furnished by his colonel?

[No answer was given.]