HC Deb 09 March 1905 vol 142 cc915-6
SIR SEYMOUR KING (Hull, Central)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the fact that it was chiefly due to the exertions of the transport and special service officers on the lines of communication that the Tibet Mission Force was able to get to and was maintained at Lhasa, and that not one of them has obtained a reward; and, if so, whether he can explain the omission from the list of honours issued in connection with the Mission of the names of any such officers.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The value of the services of those employed on the lines of communication in connection with the Tibet Mission both beyond and within the British frontier was fully acknowledged in General Macdonald's despatch, and in the Papers which have been presented to Parliament, and my hon. friend is mistaken in supposing that their names have been omitted from the list of honours. The officer commanding the line of communications received a C.B., two officers of the Supply and Transport Corps have received the D.S.O., and an officer of the Telegraph Department has been made a C.I.E. The names of many deserving officers were brought to notice, but it was impossible to give rewards in the cases of all who distinguished themselves, whether at the front or on the lines of communication.