HC Deb 22 February 1904 vol 130 c552

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he can state the cost up to the present date of the Aden Boundary Commission, including the cost for troops; what is the number and composition of the troops employed in the protectorate of Aden: and what has been the total loss of life since the delimitation began.


The normal garrison of Aden is about 2,400 men. The total number of troops in the Aden Protector-I ate on the 1st January last were:—2,077 British officers and men; 1,891 native ditto. Of these the troops employed at the present moment, in connection with the demarcation, are:—1,018 British infantry, 1,038 native infantry, 90 native cavalry, 461 native sappers, with six guns of British mule battery and six guns of native camel battery. The casualties reported since the commencement of the delimitation have been:—Killed: Non-commissioned officers and men—four British, seven native, and one native surveyor. Wounded—Officers: Two British, one native; Non-commissioned officers and men: Seventeen British, fourteen native. I have not yet received full accounts of the expenditure.