§ 61. Sir E. CORNWALL
asked the Secretary of State for India if he can give the number of casualties sustained by General Townshend's Force in the fighting which has taken place since its return to Kut-el-Amara; whether Sir John Nixon is still at the front; and what is the latest information he has received from Mesopotamia?
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
The total casualties of all ranks up to the 18th December 473 were 1,127. This includes 200 deaths, of which forty-nine were from disease. Sir John Nixon is in chief command of the Forces but is not actually at Kut. The latest information received up to that time was published in the Press yesterday morning. Last night I received a telegram from Sir John Nixon stating that General Townshend reported that the 19th was a quiet day.