§ 83. Colonel Lord HENRY CAVENDISH-BENTINCK
asked the hon. Member for Sheffield (Central Division) how many British and Indian officers and rank and file, including followers, are known or believed to have died in each prisoners' camp in Turkey in each month since 1st January, 1917?
I am informed by the military authorities that the following deaths have taken place in prisoners' camps in Turkey since 1st January, 1917: 3 British officers and 518 other ranks, including Colonials; 1 British naval officer and 8 naval ratings; 6 Indian officers and 732 other ranks.
I am sorry that I cannot state the number of deaths in each camp in each month without throwing undue labour on the officials concerned.
§ Lord H. CAVENDISH-BENTINCK
Can the hon. Gentleman inform me whether the figures are derived from the Turkish Government—are they official?
No; I think the figures come from neutral sources, but they are military figures and come from the Casualties Branch of the War Office. I shall be glad to make further inquiries on that point, if the Noble Lord wishes.
Sir F. HALL
As these figures are as and from 1st January, 1917, will the hon. Gentleman say up to what date they apply, so that we can have some idea as to when it is possible to get the last information from Turkey?