HC Deb 15 December 1926 vol 200 cc2923-4
49. Mr. HAYES

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been specially called to the heroism of certain members of the crew of the steam- ship "Eastway," which foundered in -a hurricane off Bermuda, when the wireless operator remained at his post sending out S.O.S. messages until the ship sank, and the engineers and firemen refused to overload the remaining lifeboat and went down with the ship rather than endanger the lives of their comrades; and whether it is proposed to make any posthumous awards for gallantry or in any other way suitably to recognise the bravery of these members of the mercantile marine?


The circumstances of the case will be fully investigated at the inquiry which has been ordered into the loss of the "Eastway," and when the report of the court of inquiry is available, I shall be in a position to consider whether the services of any member of the crew are such as to merit special recognition.