HC Deb 27 March 1919 vol 114 cc622-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he can give any indication of what is being done in the case of British officers who have died in German camps under circumstances which suggest manslaughter or worse; and if, in particular, he can give information as to the case of Lieutenant Victor Edward Osborne, 3rd Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, reported shot dead whilst prisoner of war at Rastatt, Baden, on the 7th April, 1918?

Captain GUEST

All such cases are being investigated by the Committee appointed to inquire into Breaches of the Laws of War. I am informed that further particulars have now been received of the death of Lieutenant Victor Edward Osborne, from which it appears that this officer was observed to be interfering with the barbed wire enclosing the camp, and was shot by a sentry after he had been three times called upon to halt. He was hit in the neck and died almost immediately. This case is among those under investigation by the Committee referred to.