HC Deb 10 August 1909 vol 9 c232

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether it is intended by the Government to in any way recognise the heroism of the late Dr. Lalcaca, who sacrificed his life in an effort to save that of Sir W. Curzon Wyllie?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (The Master of Elibank)

I was glad to have an opportunity last Thursday of expressing on behalf of the Government their deep appreciation of Dr. Lalcaca's heroic action; and I can only repeat that they share in the fullest degree the feeling which is universal, in this House and outside of it. The Secretary of State has considered whether the particular circumstances of the case are such that appreciation could appropriately be marked by a money grant; but, learning from the Government of India that Dr. Lalcaca was unmarried, and that his surviving relatives are well-to-do, he feels that it is not necessary to take action in that direction.


Are we to understand that the Government have communicated with the relatives expressing appreciation on the part of the Government and people of this country?


I am not able to say whether any specific representation has been made. In the announcement I made in this House I conveyed hon. Members' views as to the case.