HC Deb 22 December 1915 vol 77 cc445-6

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will now give particulars of the loss of His Majesty's ship "Tara," and publish a list of survivors, so as to relieve the anxiety of the relatives of the crew?


I regret that I have little to add to the statements which have ready been issued to the Press in regard to the loss of the "Tara" and the whereabouts of the survivors. The vessel was in the Bay of Sollum, on the frontier of Egypt and Cyrenaica, on the morning of the 5th November. We have no first hand evidence of what occurred, but there is no doubt that she was torpedoed there by an enemy submarine, and that the greater part of the crew were forced to land and fell into the hands of the local tribesmen. We have no knowledge of the names of the survivors, except that it is credibly reported that Captain Gwatkin Williams is among them. We are necessarily dependent on somewhat vague native reports as to the numbers and whereabouts of the party, but there is every reason to believe that they are being well treated. A list of survivors will, of course, be published as soon as the endeavours which are being made to procure this information are successful.


Any further news, I suppose, will be given to the Press in the ordinary way?