HC Deb 26 May 1919 vol 116 c825
48. Commander Sir EDWARD NICHOLL

asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government will take immediate steps to have the body of the late Captain Fryatt removed from its resting-place in Belgium to this country for interment, as a lasting tribute to his memory and to that of the 17,000 British merchant seamen drowned and murdered by enemy submarine action during the War?


asked the Prime Minister if representatives of the Mercantile Marine have urged upon the Government the removal of Captain Fryatt's body from Belgium and its re-interment with due honours in this country; and, if so, whether any decision has yet been come to?


I need not say that the feeling of admiration of the splendid bravery of Captain Fryatt, which found such universal expression at the time and which was so typical of the spirit displayed by the whole Merchant Service throughout the War, is fully shared by the Government, and I understand that arrangements on the same lines as those adopted in the case of Miss Cavell are being made.


Will the Government consult with the Mercantile Seamen's Guild, who have been in communication with Mrs. Fryatt on the subject?


I have not been able to find out exactly what has been done, but I understand that the arrangements, as in the case of Miss Cavell are being undertaken by a private society of some kind, and I think the Mercantile Guild is included in it.