HC Deb 30 January 1918 vol 101 cc1561-2
Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS (by Private Notice)

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he can give any further information regarding the air raid on Monday night, whether he can make any statement as to last night's raid, and whether he can supply the names of the gallant young officers who brought down the Gotha on Monday night?


I have nothing to add to the communiqué and record of casualties which have already appeared regarding the raid on Monday night.

As regards the raid on Tuesday night, a communiqué was issued at noon, and no further information is available. I have just received a list of the casualties in this raid, which I will read. Before I do so, I should like to say that any official announcement of casualties represents the latest available and accurate information at the time of issue.

The casualties in last night's air raid in all districts visited by the raiders were:

Killed Injured
Men 2 7
Women 1 9
Children 0 1
Total 5 10
It is feared that in addition to the above six bodies are buried in the ruins of a house.

In replying to a supplementary question yesterday, I notice that an impression has been created that ten enemy machines came over London during the Monday laid. I think that I should correct this by stating that, while approximately ten machines in all came inland, it is probable that only four or five passed over London during the raid.

As to the last part of the question, the, names of the officers are: Captain G. H. Hackwill, Royal Flying Corps, and Second. Lieutenant C. C. Banks, Royal Flying Corps.