HC Deb 08 March 1926 vol 192 cc1923-4

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Amiens Municipal Council has decided to put up for auction a number of war trophies, including a tank offered as a souvenir by the British Army as well as a Bertha captured by the Australians at Chuignolles in 1918 and presented to Amiens in memory of the Australian defence of that city; and whether, in view of the kindly feeling Australia has in the past evinced for the French nation, as exemplified by the action of Australian school children adopting Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, and spending thousands of pounds in assisting to rebuild this town and, further, by the Australian Government erecting near Amiens a memorial to missing Australians which will entail an expenditure of £100,000, he is prepared to make representations to the French Government on the matter?


I have no information. Even if the facts are as stated, it hardly seems to me a matter in which His Majesty's Government could with propriety intervene. No communication has been received on the subject from the Commonwealth Government.