HC Deb 07 July 1904 vol 137 cc1025-6

said that, as he had been asked at Question time to communicate any news received at the India Office with regard to Tibet, he would read to the House the following telegram, which had been received at 5.35 p.m.— Tibetans having refused to evacuate Jong, Macdonald resumed operations at 1 p.m., 5th July, demonstrating only that day. On the morning of 6th July a portion of the Gyangtse town assaulted and our position made good. At 4 p.m., 6th July, wall of Jong breached. Jong assaulted and captured by 6 p.m. Enemy's strength estimated at 5,000. Their losses not known yet. Our estimates (full return not yet received): Killed—32nd Sikh Pioneers, Lieutenant Gurdon; 8th Gurkha Rifles, three men. Wounded—40th Pathans, Lieutenant-Colonel Campbell, Captain Preston; 8th Gurkha Rifles, Lieutenant Grant; 23rd Sikh Pioneers, Lieutenant Mitchell; First Royal Fusiliers, three men —all slightly; about twenty native ranks. And, it being after half-past Seven of the clock, the Chairman left the Chair to make his Report to the House.

Resolution to be reported upon Monday next; Committee also report Progress; to sit again this evening.