HC Deb 09 March 1915 vol 70 c1248
31. Sir J. JARDINE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the occasion and circumstances of the fighting in which Captain Shakespear, of the Indian Army and Indian Political Department, met his death in or near the territory of the Sultan of Riad, in Arabia?


The fighting to which the hon. Member refers was a tribal engagement between the forces of the Wahabi Amir of Nejd and those of the Shammar Chief, between whom there is a hereditary feud. The former was victorious. Captain Shakespear, who was in company of the Amir of Nejd, was unfortunately killed at the beginning of the action. By his untimely death the public service has lost an able and gallant officer of great promise.


Was Captain Shake-spear at the time on a political commission in connection with the Great War?


Will the hon. Member kindly put that question down.